Author/Illustrator: Arthur Geisert Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 2003 Age: 3-6 Themes: pigs, art museums, mystery stories Opening: I packed the lunch – sandwiches with extra mayonnaise, apples, oranges, and twenty-four cookies. Everything my Grandpa liked.
Summary: (from my library catalog) During a visit to the art museum, a little piglet and her grandfather investigate the disappearance of several paintings. Clues in the illustrations give readers a chance to solve the mystery along with the heroine.
I like this book because: I confess, I like all of Geisert’s books, and this isn’t even my favorite, but it warms my artist heart with all the visual references to great paintings, architecture, sculpture, and even, in the last image below, to the publisher! Oh, and PIGS! I’ve added one of my own pigs to the bottom of this post (because…PIGS!)
Author: Jennifer Lloyd Illustrator:Jacqui Lee Publisher: Simply Read Books, 2013. Ages: 4-8yrs Themes: detective stories, jungle animals, level reader Opening:The bright sun shone over the African Rainforest. Murilla Gorilla lived in a hut on the mountain. She was asleep. “RING!” Summary: (from the publisher) Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee’s muffins were stolen. But who did it? It’s up to Murilla to find out… as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective—disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack—but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.
I like this book because: I identify with the protagonist. She likes to eat, draw, sleep in, and is in no hurry to miss out on the simple pleasures in life. This may be an Level Reader, but the pictures are simply beautiful, the color compositions so pleasing you will want to rethink your next paint choices. Only missing one thing: I want to see what Murilla has drawn in her notebook!