Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Chris Monroe
Illustrator: Christ Monroe
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
With half the books gone, the map half-eaten, and the missing tacos for Taco Tuesday, Chico Bon Bon is on the case. Chico and Clark are at school and things seem to be disappearing. Ms. Crabtree can't find her ruler, and the students show-and-tell items are chewed on. Chico and his tool belt are able to help fix some of the things in the school, but Chico feels like there is something strange going on. After finding an acorn, he starts an investigation. After searching for a while, he finds a school of squirrels hidden within the walls of his school! Chico is able to help them build their own school, thanks to his trusty tool belt, in the hollow tree outside.
This book is so much fun to read! There are many great illustrations to keep the reader's attention. In this book speech bubbles are used very effectively. This book would be a great to use for comparing and contrasting speech bubbles and dialogue. It also teaches great problem-solving skills. Chico doesn’t just jump to conclusions. Instead, he uses questioning and inferencing. The book is also a great example of the mystery genre. This book would be great for primary and preschool aged children.