Someone has stolen my pizza!
Baby Monkey can help!
Baby Monkey looks for clues.
Baby Monkey writes notes.
Baby Monkey eats a snack."
Baby Monkey is ready to search for a suspect! Wait! First, he needs to put his pants on ... not an easy task, to say the least. Finally ready, magnifying glass in hand, Baby Monkey quickly solves the case. Back in his office, he anticipates what might happen next.
What a collaboration this is for Brian Selznick and his husband, David Serlin! It's been a long time in the idea stage. Twenty years or so. There were rules for the development of the story ... an unusual and humorous job for a baby monkey, an unexpected difficulty for one who is so smart (the pants problem), and everything that went into the book had to make the two of them laugh.
Aces! This wonderful book meets every one of those rules and so much more. Imagine the early reader who picks up a book of nearly two hundred pages, boasting five separate chapters (one for each case solved) and finishing it independently!!! The text is repetitive and unlikely to provide a single bump in the reading. The wonderful black-and-white illustrations, accompanied by bright red details in pertinent places will delight both children and adults alike.