King & Kayla and the case of the gold ring

Dori Hillestad Butler

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King & Kayla hunt for Asia's missing gold ring.

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Series
Butler, Dori Hillestad. King & Kayla.
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Published
Atlanta : Peachtree [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
47 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781682632086
1682632083
9781682632079
1682632075
Main Author
Dori Hillestad Butler (author)
Other Authors
Nancy Meyers, 1961- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this seventh installation of the King and Kayla series, for readers transitioning to chapter books, five brief chapters continue the story of Kayla and her mystery-solving pet, King, an appealing golden retriever with expressive eyes and cute mannerisms. This time around, Kayla, who is a Black girl, and her crew are playing in the snow when one of the friends loses a gold ring she got from her grandmother. But did she lose it outside, or was it when the kids went into Kayla's house to warm up? The ensuing mystery introduces concepts like retracing steps and making lists of ideas and even introduces the genre trope of a red herring—in this case, a crow, King's nemesis, who loves glittery things. King has to endure the classic plight of animals—how to get humans to understand what he's thinking—but eventually, his sharp eyes lead to a logical conclusion, and all ends well, with King the hero. Meyer's drawings, pleasant and simple to parse, help support the story. A satisfying addition to easy-reader collections. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

In this seventh installation of the King and Kayla series, for readers transitioning to chapter books, five brief chapters continue the story of Kayla and her mystery-solving pet, King, an appealing golden retriever with expressive eyes and cute mannerisms. This time around, Kayla, who is a Black girl, and her crew are playing in the snow when one of the friends loses a gold ring she got from her grandmother. But did she lose it outside, or was it when the kids went into Kayla's house to warm up? The ensuing mystery introduces concepts like retracing steps and making lists of ideas and even introduces the genre trope of a red herring—in this case, a crow, King's nemesis, who loves glittery things. King has to endure the classic plight of animals—how to get humans to understand what he's thinking—but eventually, his sharp eyes lead to a logical conclusion, and all ends well, with King the hero. Meyer's drawings, pleasant and simple to parse, help support the story. A satisfying addition to easy-reader collections. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—Dog and girl detective duo King and Kayla are playing in the snow with friend Mason building a snow fort when they are joined by Asia, who shows the group her newly acquired gold ring, a family heirloom she prizes. After a snowball fight, the group goes inside to warm up and drink cocoa, and Mom tosses their wet things in the dryer. When Asia realizes her precious ring is missing, the friends search everywhere. Did King eat the ring? Did it go down the drain? Is it outside buried in the snow? The trio list facts, then make an action plan, even going so far as to have Mom take apart the sink. Meanwhile, King interrogates the noisy crow outside, convinced that he is the culprit. In a fun twist, the narrative is told from the dog's perspective. King can understand the humans, although they cannot comprehend him, and he can also speak with the crow. King's inner monologues are hilarious and heartfelt as he tries to communicate his important detective observations with the humans in his life. Meyers depicts King in generously allotted colored sketches with articulated facial expressions. Highly entertaining, this funny and warm story contains life lessons for young readers about friendship, responsibility, and problem-solving. VERDICT This early chapter book, with five distinct sections, will serve as a terrific transition reader for those just beginning to delve into chapter book level reading. Recommended for juvenile fiction collections.—Lauren Younger, Univ. of Dallas Lib. Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A latest series entry by the Geisel Honor-winning team finds King and Kayla helping their friend Asia, who has discovered that her new gold ring has gone missing after a day of playing in the snow. Simultaneous. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

King & Kayla are back on the case in this laugh-out-loud mystery from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series.King, Kayla, Mason, and Asia are playing in the snow. Later, Asia discovers her gold ring is missing. What happened to it? Analytical Kayla has a plan. Together the friends retrace their steps and thoroughly search the area. Sensitive King remembers the crow he saw outside. Crows like shiny things. Can King and Kayla put the pieces together and find the lost ring?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.