Published by Peachtree Publishers
Summary: Anyone who has read Dori Hillestad Butler’s Buddy Files series knows that Buddy started life as King and lived with a girl named Kayla before being sent to the pound. In this series for younger readers, Kayla and King work together to solve mysteries in their neighborhood. As readers who are acquainted with Buddy know, King has many favorite foods and can understand humans, but can’t make them understand him. In this first installment, Kayla and her friend Mason receive almost identical letters in code. King can sniff out the identity of the sender, but the two kids have to rely on other clues. They list what they know and what they need to know, and eventually are able to crack the code and solve the case. 48 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: Beginning readers will enjoy solving mysteries with the irresistible King, then moving on to read about his life as Buddy. The humorous illustrations and fast pace will keep them engaged.
Cons: It makes me sad to know that Kayla and King ultimately will be separated.