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New York Times Bestseller

David Serlin - Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Author: David Serlin, Brian Selznick; Illustrator: Brian Selznick

  • AGES 4 - 8 
  • Genre Fiction
Bookmaking maverick Brian Selznick and children's book debut author David Serlin create a dazzling new form with all the hallmarks of a Selznick classic, this time for a younger audience!
Who 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!


Finalist in the 2018 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literacy Awards

New York Times Best Seller

New York Times Editors’ Choice

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next Pick

Named Best Early Reader by Parents Magazine!

Booklist Youth Editors' Choice 2018

A Chicago Tribune Best Children’s Book of 2018

2018 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon

ALSC Notable Children’s Book 2019

2019 Gryphon Award Winner

2019 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year


“…perfect for new readers ready for a ‘big kid’ book.”

"The story begins in cinematic fashion, almost like a movie trailer... the illustrations are a marvel."

— The New York Times


★ “An inventive format and tongue-in-cheek sense of humor make this sweet and silly book nearly irresistible.”

—Booklist, starred review


★ “Hooray for Baby Monkey!' are the last words of this endearingly funny graphic novel/picture book/early reader—it’s a sentiment that readers of all ages will wholeheartedly affirm."

Publishers Weekly, 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


★ “Selznick and Serlin take the easy reader format to new creative heights. . . A delightful easy reader that is as funny as it is elegant.”

—School Library Journal, starred review


★ “New readers are hooked"

—Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, Starred Review


“May be the most perfect blending of story-telling styles to ever be published for the youngest of readers.”

—Brian Smith, Kindergarten Teacher, Nashville, NC


“Completely and utterly adorable.”

—Monica Edinger, Dalton School, Educator


“Children will delight in deciphering the clues.”

—Wendy Lukehart, Youth Collections Coordinator, DC Public Library


“Baby Monkey has become another member of my household.”

—Karen Ginman, Youth Collections Coordinator, New York Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library


“A perfect combination to help emerging readers gain confidence and find the joys of reading”

—Lisa Fabiano, IndieNext


“Silly, endearing and adventurous.”

The Washington Post


Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Hugo, Wonderstruck, adapted into Todd Haynes’s eponymous movie, and The Marvels. Among the celebrated picture books Selznick has illustrated are the Caldecott Honor Book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and the Sibert Honor Book When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. His books appear in over 35 languages. He has also worked as a bookseller, a puppeteer, and a screenwriter. He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

David Serlin

David Serlin

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. Baby Monkey, Private Eye is his first book for children. He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

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