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King & Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring


Series
King & Kayla

by
Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by
Nancy Meyers

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Peachtree Publishers
Imprint
Peachtree
ISBN
9781682632079
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Geisel Honor Award-winning team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers return with another mystery starring lovable golden retriever King and his human girl, Kayla. Just right for newly independent readers.

King, Kayla, Mason, and Asia are playing in the snow. Later, Asia discovers her new gold ring is missing. What happened to it? Detective team King & Kayla are on the case! 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 transitioning from easy readers to beginning chapter books. Great for introducing mysteries and the important concepts of fact gathering, list making, clues, and analytical thinking.Full-color illustrations were drawn in pencil, with color added digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

460L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Easy Reader, Early Chapter Book

Topics

Dogs. Golden retrievers. Snow. Friends. Rings and jewelry. Lost and found possessions. Human-animal communication. Mystery and detective stories.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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.

Horn Book

In “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” Sherlock Holmes states this maxim of detecting: “We must look for consistency.” With her seventh series entry about amateur investigators King (a dog) and Kayla (his human), Butler continues to follow Holmes’s advice in the development of both plot and structure. This time, the two intrepid companions search for a missing ring, making a hypothesis and then either confirming or rejecting it through careful study of the facts. King narrates their adventure in his now-established animated voice that enthusiastically repeats familiar phrases: “I LOVE [insert King’s place of the moment or what he’s doing or eating]. It’s my favorite thing!” Along with such familiar refrains, this book contains short chapters, natural language, and numerous digitally colored illustrations that mirror the text, giving newly independent readers a boost when navigating all those pages. As Kayla and her friends search all the places where they think the ring may have been dropped, King operates under his own theory. Although they don’t have to, readers can test their individual problem-solving skills and crack this mystery before its heroes do. BETTY CARTER

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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.

Horn Book

In “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” Sherlock Holmes states this maxim of detecting: “We must look for consistency.” With her seventh series entry about amateur investigators King (a dog) and Kayla (his human), Butler continues to follow Holmes’s advice in the development of both plot and structure. This time, the two intrepid companions search for a missing ring, making a hypothesis and then either confirming or rejecting it through careful study of the facts. King narrates their adventure in his now-established animated voice that enthusiastically repeats familiar phrases: “I LOVE [insert King’s place of the moment or what he’s doing or eating]. It’s my favorite thing!” Along with such familiar refrains, this book contains short chapters, natural language, and numerous digitally colored illustrations that mirror the text, giving newly independent readers a boost when navigating all those pages. As Kayla and her friends search all the places where they think the ring may have been dropped, King operates under his own theory. Although they don’t have to, readers can test their individual problem-solving skills and crack this mystery before its heroes do. BETTY CARTER

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