By: Dori Hillestad Butler
This beginning early reader book features Kayla, a young girl, and her golden retriever, King, as budding detectives. In the first book in the series, three freshly baked dog treats go missing and Kayla suspects King. Kayla made the treats for her best friend’s new puppy and left them cooling on a rack while she plays catch with King. However, King knows he is innocent and tells Kayla that an intruder took them. Readers will share in King’s frustration as he howls, wags his tail, and grins at Kayla in an attempt to get her to understand. Kayla, in true detective fashion, makes lists of facts. Who will solve the mystery of the missing treats first, Kayla or King?
This charming mystery for younger children, written by the author of THE BUDDY FILES, is a great addition to the early reader collection. When children finish the first mystery, they can follow it up with KING & KAYLA AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET CODE.
Renee (Parr Library)