King & Kayla and the case of the secret code

Dori Hillestad Butler

Book - 2017

When a mysterious letter written in code arrives at King's house for his human, Kayla, he follows the trail of the person who left it.

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Published
Atlanta : Peachtree [2017]
Language
English
Main Author
Dori Hillestad Butler (author)
Other Authors
Nancy Meyers, 1961- (illustrator)
Edition
First edition
Physical Description
46 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781561458783
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Review by Horn Book Review

King, an exuberant dog, introduces himself in the initial two entries of a new early-chapter-book series: Hello! My name is King. Im a dog. This is Kayla. She is my human. Although King narrates each story, Kayla cannot understand his words, but his body language, shown in lighthearted digitally colored illustrations drawn in pencil, makes his likes and dislikes clear. And he likes many things. In Dog Treats, he tells readers: I LOVE peanut butter treats. Theyre my favorite food! But in Secret Code King reveals that his doggy enthusiasm is fickle and situational: I LOVE cheese. Its my favorite food! and I LOVE oatmeal. Its my favorite food! This repetition both within and between books helps boost confidence in beginning readers, as do the generous, plot-reinforcing illustrations, which depict Kayla with brown skin. Each story is a mystery; the first concerns the theft of some dog biscuits, and the second concerns a substitution cipher. But the process of solving is the same in both books: Kayla straightforwardly lists what she knows and then what she needs to know, creating a pattern well worth emulating. Each book allows plenty of room for predictions and provides a glimpse into the great payoff reading can deliver once the early fascination with decoding wears off. betty carter (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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