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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Current price: $16.99
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Scholastic Press
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Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick and debut children's book author David Serlin create a dazzling new format especially for young children!

A New York Times Bestselling BookAn Amazon Best Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearParents Magazine Best Early Reader of the Year"A marvel." --The New York Times"Inventive... fabulously expressive..." --San Francisco ChronicleWho is Baby Monkey?He is a baby.He is a monkey.He has a job.He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye!Lost jewels?Missing pizza?Stolen spaceship?Baby Monkey can help...if he can put on his pants!Baby Monkey's adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.Hooray for Baby Monkey!

About the Author

Brian Selznick’s books have sold millions of copies, garnered countless awards worldwide, and been translated into more than 35 languages. He broke open the novel form with his innovative and genre-defying thematic trilogy, beginning with the Caldecott Medal-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. He followed that with the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick, and the New York Times bestseller, The Marvels. Selznick’s two most recent books for young people, Baby Monkey, Private Eye, an ALA Notable Book co-written with his husband David Serlin, and Kaleidoscope, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2021, were both New York Times bestsellers as well. He also illustrated the 20th anniversary edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Selznick and Serlin divide their time between Brooklyn, New York and La Jolla, California. Learn more at and
David Serlin is a writer, editor, and historian who teaches at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles for adults, as well as the co-author of the highly acclaimed Baby Monkey, Private Eye.Brian and David divide their time between Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

Praise for Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Distinctions and Praise for Baby Monkey, Private Eye:A New York Times Bestselling BookAn Amazon Best Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearParents Magazine Best Early Reader of the YearA BookPage Best Book of the YearA News & Observer Best Book of the Year"A marvel." --The New York Times"Inventive... fabulously expressive..." --San Francisco Chronicle"...exceedingly cute..." --The Wall Street Journal"Silly, endearing, and adventurous..." --The Washington Post"Another boundary-buster." --San Diego Union Tribute"Exquisite... [a] one-of-a-kind beginning reader..." --Bookpage"Genre-defying entertainment... stupendous..." --The Buffalo News* "Irresistible." --Booklist, starred review* "[An] endearingly funny graphic novel/picture book/early reader." --Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Selznick and Serlin take the easy reader format to new creative heights....The sharp pacing and charming humor also make it an excellent read-aloud funny as it is elegant. This will be enjoyed equally by youngsters and their grown-ups." --School Library Journal, starred review* "Kids will forget they are learning to read, focusing instead on the comic bits, persistence, and vulnerability of an endearing hero." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "New readers will delight in the details... and the spot-on slapstick pacing of the putting-on-pants sequences will have viewers giggling for days." --The Horn Book, starred review* "Repetition of words brings this within reach of timid readers, while the absurdity expands the appeal... It's the detailed full spreads, however, that stop the show and cinematically change the pace, especially the ones set in Baby Monkey's atmospheric office... The book is therefore a delight for reading together or alone, and the weight of the volume will provide considerable satisfaction to novice readers..." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"A good choice for all libraries and classrooms as a confidence booster for beginning readers." --School Library Connection, recommendedAwards and Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret:2008 Caldecott Medal winnerNational Book Award Finalist#1 New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Best Illustrated BookLos Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the YearTIME Magazine's 100 Best Children's and Young Adult Books of All Time"Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper." -- The New York Times"A fast-paced treat." -- People Magazine"Distinctive." -- The Wall Street Journal"Cinematic." -- Parenting Magazine"Captivating." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review"If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then [they are] bound to enjoy The Invention of Hugo Cabret. . ." -- Good Housekeeping* "A true masterpiece."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Fade to black and cue the applause!" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Complete genius." -- The Horn Book, starred review* "Breathtaking . . . shatters conventions." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "An original and creative integration of art and text." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"Visually stunning . . . raises the bar." -- San Antonio Express-NewsAwards and Praise for Wonderstruck:#1 New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Children's BookALA Notable Children's BookParents' Choice Gold WinnerPublishers Weekly Best Book "Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image." -- The New York Times Book Review"Moving and ingenious . . ." -- The Wall Street Journal"Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece--The Invention of Hugo Cabret--with another even more brilliantly executed." -- The Washington Post"Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel . . . Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel." -- Family Circle* "A gift for the eye, mind, and heart." -- Booklist, starred review* "Visually stunning, completely compelling." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Innovative . . . has the makings of a classic." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "A thing of wonder to behold . . . an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own." -- School Library Journal,starred reviewPraise for The Marvels:New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Children's BookAn Indie Bound #1 National BestsellerGuardian Children's Book Prize FinalistPublishers Weekly Best Book* "Selznick continues his quest to shake up notions of illustrated novels, wordless storytelling, and the intersection of text and pictures in this newest volume . . . The novel as a whole is exactly the sort of theater that is so lovingly described within." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review* "Caldecott Medalist Selznick has been creating acclaimed illustrated novels for years now, and his latest takes his groundbreaking narrative format to new heights . . . [this] warm, affecting family tale is bittersweet, astonishing, and truly marvelous." -- Booklist, starred review* ". . . epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "[A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Memorable, momentous." -- School Library Journal, starred review