Brian Selznick, known for intricate illustrated epics like Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, reinvents the early-reader book with this fat set of simple stories about a primate private eye who has a lot more trouble putting on his pants than solving his cases. There are plenty of hidden pleasures to enjoy in repeated readings, but the brilliance is in the simplicity and the humor, which will surely connect with the baby monkeys in your house. (Ages 2 to 5)
—Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA
Whether you’re shopping for a struggling early reader or just looking for a silly treat the whole family will love, you’ll find it at Phinney Books and other independent bookstores.