“Help P.I., please! I can’t find Kyle! You know this zoo can be hostile,” Aunt Beth tells P.I. Penguin in Bec J. Smith’s children’s book, P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Little Lost Penguin.
~ What ~
Second 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’s parents are missing, and he thinks it is his fault. While eating breakfast, his aunt calls from the zoo and says her son is missing. The smart sleuth hurries to the zoo and asks meerkats and a giraffe where the lost little penguin could be. When it gets dark, a white bat helps P.I. After the young animal is returned to his mother, Penguin still misses his family that includes a brother.
~ 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 second in the series, each book has the penguin solve a mysterious case.
~ Why Not ~
Some may have difficulty reading the rhyming words while others may be concerned that the underlying story about the penguin’s missing parents and brother is not answered.
~ 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 find his cousin at the zoo. This is the second 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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