“I do not know the bottle’s fate. I came upon the scene too late,” Bella Bottlenose tells P.I. Penguin in Bec J. Smith’s children’s book, P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Missing Bottle.
~ What ~
First 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 knows his parents are missing and has no clue where they are. When he searches for them in the ocean, he sees Bella, a distressed dolphin who has lost her bottle. The two look for it, asking a shark and sea horses, only to learn its whereabouts from an octopus. In the end, the mystery is solved, but the penguin’s parents are still not found.
~ 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 first 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 is never answered. Since I received the book in print and not as an ebook, some illustrations are clear while others have fuzzy digital edges.
~ 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 parents came home, it may worry some young ones. I wish it did not add this 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 solve where a dolphin’s bottle is. This is the first in a charming series of a rhyming mystery that many young ones may enjoy.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Aulexic for providing this complimentary book to read and review.
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