King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse (King & Kayla #3)

by Dori Hillestad Butler (Author) Nancy Meyers (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: King & Kayla
A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery.King and Kayla are playing fetch with their friends, Jillian and Thor. Jillian throws King's favorite ball too hard, and now it's gone missing! King and Kayla must put together the clues to figure out where it went--and who has it.
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Kirkus Reviews

Kids who don’t always have the vocabulary to express themselves will sympathize with this waggish pup and his earnest desire to be understood by his human. 

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--King and Kayla return in a new mystery for the early elementary crowd. This time King's ball goes over the fence, but it is not in the neighbor's backyard when they look for it. Can this clever dog and his human find the missing ball? The author has a knack for writing humorous stories from a canine perspective. Youngsters will laugh at King's enthusiasm as each new thing becomes his favorite--playing fetch, running after his ball, eating grilled cheese, and making new friends. Young puppy Thor provides more laughs as he is constantly distracted by butterflies and birds. The digitally-colored and pencil illustrations have a lightness that matches the tone of the story, while the expressive faces of the characters add depth. Readers can see King's disgusted look as he smells something "BAD." The illustrations makes it clear what King means when he says that "Kayla makes mad eyes at" him. Budding detectives will have the benefit of both King's discoveries and Kayla's reasoning as they piece together the clues. VERDICT A welcome addition to collections supporting the transition from picture books to chapter books, this title will appeal to both dog lovers and mystery buffs.--Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Dori Hillestad Butler
Dori Hillestad Butler's books have appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club, and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays, and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, son, dog, and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781682630174
Lexile Measure
390
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Peachtree Publishers
Publication date
September 04, 2018
Series
King & Kayla
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Lost and found possessions
Lost articles
Dogs
Balls (Sporting goods)
Mystery and detective stories
Detective and mystery fiction

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