Monday, November 20, 2017

EARLY CHAPTER BOOK SERIES: King & Kayla by Dori Hillestad Butler


Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian's new puppy, Thor. But now the treats are missing. 

What does Kayla know? There are three treats missing. King was in the kitchen. King's breath doesn't smell like peanut butter. 

What does King know? There's an intruder in the house. 

How will they solve the mystery?


I'm always on the lookout for fun early chapter books.  These books need to be fast moving with short, easy to read sentences for children just learning to read.  But the stories and illustrations are important as well.  In this first of a new series, King wants to eat the peanut butter treats that Kayla has made.  And when some of the treats go missing, King is blamed at first.  At least until Kayla goes through and lists what they know, which includes the fact that King's breath proves he didn't do it.  King, with his powerful nose, realizes something that Kayla does not: THERE'S AN INTRUDER IN THE HOUSE!  Together, Kayla and King must solve the mystery in order to enjoy the rest of the treats. A fabulous, funny new mystery series perfect for young readers. 

Kayla and Mason both got mysterious letters, written in code. 

What does Kayla know? The same person left both letters. It's someone she and Mason both know. 

The two letters are the same, except for the second word. 

What does King know? Jillian left the letters. What do the letters say?


In this delightful early chapter book, King and his person, Kayla, must solve the puzzle of a coded message left on their porch.  But King, the dog, has a clue that Kayla does not, he knows, thanks to his talented nose, who dropped it off.  But Kayla and her friend, Mason are puzzled.  It's up to King to find the clues necessary to figure out the mystery.  The short text and cute illustrations make this a great series for readers who are ready to move up to short chapter books. 


A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery. King and Kayla are playing fetch with their friends, Jillian and Thor. Jillian throws Kings favorite ball too hard, and now its gone missing! King and Kayla must put together the clues to figure out where it went and who has it.


In this third book in the series, King's ball goes missing and he is frantic to get it back.  It's just right for fetching after all.  After Kayla lists all the clues she has, King uses his additional information from a neighborhood cat to try to find his ball.  He's determined to succeed, even if it means leaping into the neighbor's yard.  This is a fun addition to the series with an amusing twist at the end.

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