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This book turned out to be a perfect choice for my four-year-old grandson. I had to read it aloud multiple times as he discovered the clues in the engaging illustrations. I’m planning to get him more in the series.
This is the first in the King and Kayla series and while it's not necessary to read them in order this is a good start to the series. The King and Kayla books are told through the eyes of King, a dog. This adds a large amount of humor to the story as he blunders through attempts to communicate with his human. My kids find these miscommunications particularly hilarious. In this story, Kayla has made some delicious treats for a new puppy and when some go missing she sets out to figure out who took them with King trying to her. I love the way Kayla models problem solving. I adore the relationship between King and Kayla. And I like these as a fun series to hand new readers to gently introduce them to the world of chapter books and mysteries. I'm glad Peachtree offered a review copy that I get to share with my own early readers.
Title: King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats Author: Dori Hilstead Butler Illustrator: Nancy Meyers Publisher: Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC / Peachtree Publishers Published: 3-1-2017 Pages: 48 Genre: Children's Fiction Sub-Genre: Animals; Dog; Mystery; Detectives; Beginner Reader ISBN: 9781561458776 Reviewed For NetGalley and Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC / Peachtree Publishers Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Starts
Kayla has made some peanut butter treats for a friends new puppy. When they disappear she looks at king as the culprit, but his breath doesn't smell like peanut butter. The only answer is there is an intruder in the house.
Sweet short book for beginner readers with illustrations to bring the story to life.
My rating of "King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treat" is4.5 out of 5 stars.
Ok...this is not a book for a 2 year old but he picked it out from the library and he LOVES it. He totally follows the story and knows who stole the biscuits. He loves the pictures and points out Cat With No Name. He also checked out the missing tooth one and he re tells the story to me. So even though he is only 2 he is understands the concept. They are awesom chapter books that are engaging and fun to read for all ages.
King is a dog, who also happens to be a detective. Kayla is his owner/master and is also a detective. King can't speak or write so how do he and Kayla communicate. Trust, follow the nose and barks seem to do the trick. In this story, Kayla makes special dog treats for her friend's new dog. When three of them go missing, she assumes King ate them. After smelling his breath she realized that he did not eat them, so now they need to solve the mystery. This is a cute beginning chapter book for early readers. they will enjoy the simple story and cute illustrations. This looks like it will become a series for young readers to follow. A great book for school and primary class libraries. Thanks to Peachtree Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
The King & Kayla (2017) series are short chapter books by Dori Hillestad Butler which follow the mystery adventures of Kayla and her golden retriever, King. The language in these short chapter books is rich and varied, but still easy enough for early readers to be able to handle on their own. The topics of the books are fun and King’s internal commentary adds a unique, comical dynamic to the dialogue, offering enjoyment for readers of all ages. The illustrations were appropriate to the story and these mysteries were appropriate in complexity for their target audience.