What do baby monkeys do?
Solve crimes, of course!
In "Baby Monkey, Private Eye," by Caldecott-winner Brian Selznick and debut author, David Serlin, a baby monkey (with a huge magnifying glass) solves five different cases.
With determination and skillful observation, he solves mysteries about missing jewels, missing pizza, a missing nose, a missing spaceship, and a missing baby.
Each chapter follows the same sequence of sentences. He looks for clues. He takes notes. He eats a snack.
But the biggest challenge of each case is putting on his pants!
"Baby Monkey, Private Eye" is an amazing combination of graphic novel, beginner reader, and chapter book.
Each chapter includes less than 10 sentences, but the detailed pencil illustrations increase the length to more than 30 pages.
The result is a 192-page book that boosts the confidence of emerging readers in an amazing way.
The book also appeals to older readers and adults.
At the end, Selznick identifies the illustrations of Baby Monkey's office. For example, in the missing spaceship chapter, he identifies a bust of JFK and a picture of Galileo.
There's plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor, too. The detailed index--yes, an index--includes "Coat, trench" and "Snacks (see also Apples, Baby Carrots, Cereal, Cheese, and Snap Peas.)"
The academic-like bibliography is just as fun, including made-up titles such as "Predators Who Eat Pizza" and "Healthy Snacks for Growing Primates."
Brian Selznick is also the author and illustrator of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and "Wonderstruck."
"Baby Monkey, Private Eye." Story by Brian Selznick and David Serlin. Pictures by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2018. 192 pp.