Juniper Kai is a little girl who loves being a spy: she can crack codes, spot clues, and she’s a master of disguise! When she notices her parents have been acting a little… different, Juniper is on the case to spot the clues and find out their secret. Join her for the fun!
This fun read-aloud is huge fun and perfect for sharp-eyed readers who can spot the visual clues throughout the story that will lead readers to the mystery Juniper Kai is on the case to solve! Kids will love seeing Juniper using her spy gadgets and deductive skills to figure out her big case. This is a great book to use when illustrating problem solving; there are lots of opportunities to prompt readers to look at the clues on each spread and help them connect the dots to a solution. The digital artwork is adorable, giving readers a multicultural heroine and family and cartoony cute artwork with expressive faces and fun moments, including Juniper spying on her parents while rocking a mustache and funny hat; binoculars, even a drone. The colors are largely muted pinks and purples, with appropriately shadowy darker colors and warm glows to reflect different moods and times of day.
This is an all-around fun book that challenges readers to exercise their own detective skills. There’s a free, downloadable teacher’s guide available through Laura Gehl’s website, offering discussion prompts and spy activities – I think I’ll be using some of these at storytime soon.
Laura Gehl is the author of many popular picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; the Peep and Egg series, illustrated by Joyce Wan; and My Pillow Keeps Moving, illustrated by Christopher Weyant. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with one husband, four children, and seventeen fake mustaches. Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com.
Alexandria Neonakis grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her huge family. She now lives in California with her husband and their two cats. In addition to illustrating children’s books, she works as a character- concept artist for video games. Her recent children’s books include Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and This Is MY Room by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Learn more about her online at www.alexneonakis.com.
“Harriet the Spy would approve of this sharp-eyed investigator. This will be a read-aloud favorite for little supersleuths, particularly those with junior agents on the way.” —Kirkus Reviews
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