Murilla Gorilla: Jungle Detective
Written by Jennifer Lloyd
Illustrated by Jacqui Lee
Simply Read Books, 2013. 41 pages. Easy reader.
When Ms. Chimpanzee discovers her magnificent banana muffins have been stolen, she calls Murilla Gorilla (of "The Murilla Gorilla Detective Agency") to solve the crime. Murilla, a beautiful slob, digs through her bathtub full of odds and ends to find her badge, then slowly makes her way to the Mango Market to start her case. The trail of suspects, all jungle friends, leads Murilla nowhere. But, her idea to dress in disguise to catch the muffin thief proves promising. Her backpack of disguises (mailbox, fire hydrant, banana tree) is laugh out loud funny, and helps her get the crook in the end. This easy reader is the perfect blend of darling illustrations and witty humor. Boys and girls alike will love Murilla Gorilla- check out her next adventure in Murilla Gorilla and the Lost Parasol.