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King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor

By: Dori Hillestad Butler

Illustrator: Nancy Meyers

Thor has been accused of wrecking Mr. Gary’s yard—knocking over trash cans, eating the vegetables out of the garden, and pooping. But King and Kayla, with the help of some other neighbors, are determined to clear his name, using a wide variety of familiar and new detecting skills.

With simple, straightforward language and great verbal and visual humor, the “King & Kayla” series from Geisel Honor Award-winning team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers is perfect for newly independent readers.

Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil, with color added digitally.

ISBN: 9781682630556

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Series: King & Kayla
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , Golden retrievers , Dogs , Neighbors , Orderliness , Human-animal communication

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While out for a walk, mystery-solving dog King and his human Kayla (King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, rev. 5/17, and sequels) notice something amiss with friends Thor and Jillian. Their "unhappy neighbor," Mr. Gary claims that puppy Thor has destroyed his yard, but the evidence doesn't seem to add up. Kayla and Jillian tal While out for a walk, mystery-solving dog King and his human Kayla (King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, rev. 5/17, and sequels) notice something amiss with friends Thor and Jillian. Their "unhappy neighbor," Mr. Gary claims that puppy Thor has destroyed his yard, but the evidence doesn't seem to add up. Kayla and Jillian tally up some of the things they know: THor doesn't like any of the munched veggies found at the scene of the crime, and he isn't big enough to knock over a heavy trash can. With the help of their canine and human friends and a little bit of technology, King and Kayla get to the bottom of the case. At last, Thor is finally able to bark out in triumph: "I told you I'm a good dog!" Meyers's illustrations invite opportunities for the developing reader to investigate alongside King and Kayla, and provide support and intrigue as the case progresses. The text also invites playful read-alouds, cued by King's quizzical expressions in the illustrations and some all-caps dialogue. This newest addition to the Kayla and King series continues the good work of sleuthing duo, offering readers an opportunity to test their mystery-solving skills—and laugh along the way.

Book Details

ISBN

9781682630556

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Peachtree

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, Golden retrievers, Dogs, Neighbors, Orderliness, Human-animal communication,

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