King and Kayla and the case of the mysterious mouse

Dori Hillestad Butler

Book - 2017

When King's favorite blue ball goes missing, he and Kayla must put together clues to figure out where it went.

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King & Kayla.
Readers (Publications)
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers [2017]
First edition
Physical Description
42 [6] pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Main Author
Dori Hillestad Butler (author)
Other Authors
Nancy Meyers, 1961- (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Playing fetch with their friends, King and Kayla are challenged to piece together clues to find a favorite ball when it is thrown too hard and goes missing. By the Edgar Award-winning author of the Haunted Library series.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When King's favorite blue ball goes missing, he and Kayla must put together clues to figure out where it went.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

King & Kayla are back on the case in this laugh-out-loud mystery from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series.King and Kayla are playing fetch with Jillian and Thor. Jillian throws King's favorite ball too hard, and it goes over the fence and into the neighbor's yard. The ball she brings back isn't King's. Where is King's favorite ball? Analytical Kayla creates a list of possible explanations to investigate. Sensitive King puts aside his worries and questions the cat hiding under the porch, who claims a mouse did it. How could a mouse take King's ball?With simple, straightforward language and great verbal and visual humor, the King & Kayla series is perfect for newly independent readers. King and Kayla model excellent problem-solving skills, including working as a team, gathering facts, making lists, and evaluating evidence.