Thursday, May 10, 2018

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick –NOT RECOMMENDED

Selznick, Brian Baby Monkey, Private Eye, 192 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL. Scholastic, 2018.  $17.

This book is a collection of cases that Baby Monkey, Private Eye, has solved. He has an office where clients come –each times its décor is related to the case, then a client comes, he looks for clues, takes notes, has a snack, puts on his pants (which appears challenging), and is ready to go. Solving the mystery consists of finding footprints and capturing the culprit (we don’t get to see how this is accomplished). Then its time for the next case. Heavily illustrated in Selznick style and simple wording a pre-K could understand –if they can get the concept of looking for clues and taking notes.

This was a strange and irritatingly repetitive book. If you read this with a pre-k they would want you to read the whole thing, which would not be fun because although it is quite simple, its also quite long. I honestly don’t think younger readers will get the mystery solving concepts –even the foot prints. Older readers would be put off by the repetition. Did I mention I don’t like clowns? 

PRE-K, EL (K-3) – NO Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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