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Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas: 02/17/17
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas by Anushka Ravishankar with illustrations by Priya Sundram is a mathematical mystery involving a missing bunch of bananas, done as a comic book with panels made from collages. It feels like it should be part of a series but it's a standalone.
Captain Coconut, not to be confused with Calvin Coconut or Kokonotsu "Coconuts" Shikada, is a mathematically inclined detective. He's called into a case where a woman is missing most of the bananas she bought yesterday. She knows how many she bought. She knows how many she and her family ate last night but there are more than that missing.
With lots of counting, lots of addition and subtraction, Captain Coconut is able to confirm that bananas are missing. Even more mysteriously, more bananas go missing during his investigation.
Mathemtaically it's a simple book but it's designed for kids new to math and new to reading by themselves. It's engaging and entertaining. I hope to see further adventures of Captain Coconut.