These two books have nothing to do with each other. I am only reviewing together to show that there is something for everyone out there.
Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz is an attempt to help spread contemporary thoughts. The story “Baby can do anything” is not new, but by putting in the word “feminist” you put a new spin on it. The fact the baby acts like a baby (gets messy, gets naked, etc.) means you will either love or dislike this board book of little words but big message. There is no middle ground. The companion board book, Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice! comes out in a few weeks. I appreciate the time and work that went into it, but I am in the dislike category on this one.
The one thing I like about this book is that it is in the board book (cardboard cover) format. This would not translate well into a larger hardcover format, there is not enough to fill the pages. The compact format works as the perfect venue for the story.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by David Serlin and Brain Selznick had me first thinking, “That’s odd.” Coworkers agreed. (Though, many are not monkey fans.) I decided to give it a chance. And while Selznick hits another home run with the illustrations, the story itself did nothing for me. However, I could recommend this book very easy. There is a lot here for the right reader.
Selznick is one of my favorite illustrators. I loved how every time a new case happens, the setting of the room changes. There are famous paintings, people, statues and more. The illustrations need to be read. They provide clues. However, the very basic text creates little action. The gag of him looking for clues and writing notes before putting on his pants gets a little old for the adult. Though, I think kids will get a kick out of it.
Both these books are not something I personally liked. However, I know that is why there are as many books out there as there are. There is something for me. And perhaps these two are for you or a child in your life.