Baby Monkey, Private Eye
by Brian Selznick and David Sterlin
Scholastic, 2018. Easy Reader, 191 p.
Baby Monkey is a baby and a monkey, but he is also a private eye.
When the baker has loses his pizza or the clown has loses his clown
nose Baby Monkey knows just what to do. Being a PI is hard work and in
the end Baby Monkey is pretty sleepy when his solves his last, and
most important, case.
Can an Easy
Reader really have 191 pages, five chapters, an index, and a
bibliography? I guess so. This really is an easy reader with only about
100 very simple words total in the whole book. The reason it is so long
is because it was illustrated by Selzinck, the same guy who created the Caldecott winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
The book has darling black and white illustrations that tell the story,
and the large font words are just sprinkled about when needed. It is really cute
and will delight even the earliest readers because they will be able to
"read" a real chapter book all by themselves. (191 p. 2018)