Friday, December 31, 2021

Review of Monkey Mystery by Brenda Scott Royce & Illustrated by Joseph Wilkins


Read for: Netgalley/Requested Review

Synopsis: "This weekend at Mountain Bluff Zoo, Katy and Micah are Junior Researchers. The friends are watching the capuchin monkey group. The keeper is worried about one of the monkeys, a male named Milo who has been steadily gaining weight. Perhaps the kids can figure it out by closely observing his behavior. At first, Katy and Micah are stumped. But as they spend more time with the monkeys, will they solve the mystery? And, can they come up with some creative ideas to help Milo?"

My Review:  I am all about the animals and often so are young readers, so this seemed like a really fun book to try out (and it is the first in a zoo series). This reads like a beginning reader book almost but the story itself needs a bit more of a young middle grade audience to grasp. It would be a nice bridge book to chapter books but for those looking for an easier story to read but a bit of a higher thought level. I love the way that the kids had to figure out the mystery but just observing the monkeys, it took time and patience to figure out the problem and come up with a solution. It also included some nice trial and error as well to show not every answer is an easy one. It was fun and thought invoking. This is a series that young animal enthusiasts will really be wanting to pick up and read.

My Rating: This is definitely a book I would have wanted to read as a kid, the mystery, the animals, the success of solving the problem, all things a young reader will enjoy.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!

I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley, the above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Brenda Scott Royce's book on their Goodreads Page or Website.

Monkey Mystery is scheduled for release tomorrow but you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or request it at your local library or bookstore.


  1. Fun! I don't have a kid in this reading grade yet, but I will soon. I love that there are more options to help kids bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books.

    1. It is fun to find some new books in that reading group and it is really important to have those books too.