“P.I., I need your help this week to stop a criminal’s hot streak,” Pete tells P.I. Penguin in Bec J. Smith’s children’s book, P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Bell Tower Bandit.
~ What ~
Third in the Read Together series, this forty-eight-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and young readers who like simple mysteries. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a dyslexia-friendly text and formatting.
In this rhyming tale, Private Investigator Penguin misses his brother. When his pigeon friend, Pete, calls, the sleuth is asked to come across the water to meet Detective Pete in a tall tower. The bird tells him villains have over-taken the tower and disarmed its bell. With two swan guards nearby, Pete and P.I. encounter a gang of pigeons who say they were gone to the bay yesterday when the bell started being out of tune. Soon the penguin finds the true culprit who stopped the bell from ringing the right way and learns why.
~ Why ~
Children who like to be read to may enjoy this story as they look at the fanciful pictures. I like that the book includes a glossary of seven hard-to-understand words and a note to parents and teachers. With this being the third in the series, each book has the penguin solve a mysterious case.
~ Why Not ~
Some may have difficulty reading the rhyming words. Others may be confused regarding why the penguin wishes he heard his brother’s cries as it is part of the prior book’s story and not answered in this one.
~ Who ~
Having established a small press publishing house specializing in early readers for children with language and literacy acquisition difficulties, the author has written three books in her first series. The illustrator lives in Indonesia and draws adorable characters with beautiful scenery.
~ Wish ~
With the series including the penguin wishing his missing family came home, it may worry some young ones. I wish it did not add this part in each of the series and, instead, had the topic as the only mystery with a resolution in one book.
~ Want ~
With the cute little penguin being a private investigator, he has to locate the culprit who has disrupted the tower bell’s toll. This is the third in a charming series of a rhyming mystery that many young ones may enjoy.
Thanks to Aulexic for providing this complimentary book to read and review.
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