Behind the Book
Behind the Book

Half Price Books is pleased to present the fascinating stories behind some of our bestselling books. In this exclusive series curated for you, the Half Price Books fanatic, look for great material like what inspired authors to write their stories or details on character development. Half Price Books has the answer for all those burning questions you've always wanted to ask authors.


Baby Monkey, Private Eye

by Brian Selznick & David Serlin

Renowned children’s author and illustrator Brian Selznick teamed up with debut author David Serlin to create a dazzling new take on the easy reader format for Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Baby Monkey investigates stolen jewels, missing pizzas and other mysteries–if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on, that is. This adorable book is sure to be a classic find on any child’s bookshelf. Find signed copies in stores now.

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How have you seen the children’s book industry change?

Have there been any changes in the children’s book industry that are reflected in your works?

Do you feel that this book will assist children with developing early communicative abilities?

Was co-authoring beneficial? Did you learn anything from the process of writing together?

Do you feel like your experience as a children’s bookseller influenced your process?

Do you have any stories you can share with us from that experience?

Do you have any fun interactions related to the book?

How can parents assist their children with learning to communicate better?

What is your process for illustrating?

Do you see yourself sticking with children’s literature in the future?

Do you foresee this book becoming a movie like your previous books?

Is there anything you’d like to tell aspiring authors and illustrators?