Published by Scholastic
Summary: Baby Monkey solves one case after another: missing jewels, missing pizza, a missing nose, a missing spaceship, and a missing baby. For each one, Baby Monkey has a routine. First he looks for clues, then he takes notes and has a snack, and finally, he puts on his pants, a difficult task that generally takes several pages. The mystery is solved immediately after that, usually by looking no further than outside his office door. The routine is disrupted in the final mystery, because the missing baby turns out to be…well, I’ll let you take a guess. Or read the book to find out. Includes a guide to the different works of art that appear in Baby Monkey’s office for each mystery and an unusual index and bibliography. 192 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Brian Selznick’s award-winning illustrations carry the day here. Kids will crack up over Baby Monkey’s various struggles with his pants, while older readers will enjoy noticing all the details that change from one rendering of the office to the next. The text is repetitive, making this a perfect choice for beginning readers.
Cons: Librarians may have a tough time deciding where to put this book: chapter book, picture book, graphic novel, or early reader?