Baby Monkey, Private Eye

cover of Baby Monkey Private Eye by Brian SelznickWhat in the world is this book, I asked myself as I found Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick on the new book cart.  It is as thick as a chapter book, heavier than most books its size, illustrated like a picture book, and sports a font size that can be seen from the back of the room.  Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, I felt like I was seeing parts of the story, but not the whole story.  So I shared it with kids ages 3-10, during summer camp visits to the Library, classroom visits, and most recently, during preschool story time.  The results?  It held the audience in each of these settings, with the three-year olds bonding with the monkey over dressing trouble, and older students telling me who the book was for.  “Me – because I’m a monkey,” quipped one eight year old.  “Everyone,” commented a camper.  During storytime, we moved on to Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins and Raccoons by Kate Riggs, but I’m still thinking about that monkey.  If you are too, be sure to check out the bibliography in Selznick’s book for even more fun, which includes Predators Who Eat Pizza by Melissa Eyelash. -Elaine B.