Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Written by Brian Selznick and David Serlin, Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Baby Monkey, Private Eye will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries–if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on.
Primary Source Pairing:
In this visual, textual scavenger hunt, look for clues in Baby Monkey’s office about what mystery he will solve next. In the two-page spreads before the visitor comes to the office, you can see Baby Monkey reading a book with a clue about the next mystery. For example, on pages 22-23, Baby Monkey is reading a book called Famous Jewel Crimes before the opera singer comes in to declare “Someone has stolen my jewels!” For this primary source pairing, use the two-page spreads of Baby Monkey’s office to visually search for clues and predict what the next mystery will be. Use pages 188-189 in the book to find possible primary source pairings to extend student learning.
Included above is a circus poster from P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth showing The Champion Leaper jumping through a hoop over an elephant. This primary source from 1879 can be used with the “Case of the Missing Nose,” pages 91-121. Invite students to study the primary source and connect what they see visually in the circus poster to the clues in Baby Monkey’s office on pages 92-93.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see.
- What do you notice first?
- What people and objects are shown?
- What words can you read?
- What’s happening in the image?
- Make a connection with what you see in the image to something you see in Baby Monkey’s office during the Case of the Missing Nose.
P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth image: Library of Congress
Book Cover and Summary: Follett