King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series is back!  
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  • ISBN: 9781682630556
  • Publication date: 03/01/2020
  • Page Count: 48
  • Size: 6" x 9"
  • Age Range: 7-9
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  • ISBN: 9781682630563
  • Publication date: 03/01/2020
  • Page Count: 48
  • Size: 6" x 9"
  • Age Range: 7-9
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  • Age Range: 7-9
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  • ISBN: 9781682630853
  • Publication date: 04/08/2020
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  • Age Range: 7-9
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Description

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series is back!

“Entertaining reading for the newest generation of detectives.” —Kirkus Reviews

A new entry in the laugh-out-loud detective series for early chapter book readers starring lovable dog King and his human girl Kayla! From the Geisel Honor Award-winning team of Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers.

When Jillian’s dog, Thor, is accused of digging up Mr. Gary’s garden, King and Kayla put their detective skills to work to clear his name. At the scene of the crime, Kayla picks up several clues—there is too much damage for a small dog like Thor to have caused, and several half-eaten vegetables are scattered on the ground. King also finds a clue: A witness to the crime tells King that the culprit is a “new guy” who likes to fight. But who could that be? And can they track down this new guy and clear Thor’s name?

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.

Author/Illustrator

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Dori Hillestad Butler

Author

Dori Hillestad Butler is the author of over fifty works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers. She has also published stories for children in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Children’s Digest, and Child Life. Butler is the children’s book review columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She lives in Iowa.

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Nancy Meyers

Illustrator

Nancy Meyers is a graphic designer and illustrator and the proud owner of Sullivan, golden-doodle extraordinaire! She lives in Minnesota.

Reviews

“Meyers invests all her characters with lots of personality… Beginning readers will like the spacious typeset and thought bubbles that clue readers in to King’s thinking. This is a great story to help emerging readers strengthen their comprehension skills, and caregivers can easily discuss what young readers already know and what they are discovering along the way to piece together for a final conclusion… Entertaining reading for the newest generation of detectives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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… This newest addition to the Kayla and King series continues the good work of the sleuthing duo, offering readers an opportunity to test their mystery-solving skills and laugh along the way.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Resources

Resources: Activity Kit, Poster, Teacher's Guide

Series Teacher’s Guide
Series Activity Kit
Poster

More Details

AR Level: 2.2
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 480L
Themes: Cause and Effect, Investigation, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV043000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner