⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor Written by Dori Hillestad Butler and Illustrated by Nancy Meyers

Good Morning, Y’all!

Early readers will adore Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers‘s King & Kayla and the Case of The Unhappy Neighbor (Peachtree, March 2020). My little just started watching Scooby-Doo, and I’m excited to share this mystery with him during our read aloud time!

King is Kayla’s human. And King knows all the neighborhood dogs. But when Thor, whose human is Jillian, is accused of digging up Mr. Gary’s (read: not very nice neighbor) yard and flipping over his trash can, it is up to the super detective skills of Kayla and Jullian and the neighborhood animals to prove Thor’s innocence.

The text introduces young readers to mysteries in an appropriately humorous (if not gross) way. The book’s pace holds readers’ attention, and the short chapters help build young readers’ confidence.

This is a perfect title for students to practice their prediction and inference skills. And if they love this mystery, young readers can check out additional King & Kayla titles. Parents and teachers looking for title with smart female protagonists should add this to their shelves!

A great introduction to the mystery genre, King & Kayla and the Case of The Unhappy Neighbor earns four stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 


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