King Kayla Case of the Unhappy Neighbor

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

Lovable dog King and his human girl Kayla have solved the cases of some missing dog treats, a lost tooth, and a poor dog who’s been separated from his human family. They’ve also cracked a secret code and hunted down a mysterious mouse, and now they’re back in a brand-new mystery from Geisel Honor award-winning author and illustrator team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers!

In King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor, the sixth installment in the King & Kayla series, Thor has been accused of wrecking Mr. Gary’s yard—knocking over trash cans, eating the vegetables out of the garden, and pooping. But King and Kayla, with the help of some other neighbors, are determined to clear his name, using a wide variety of familiar and new detecting skills. This adorable new King & Kayla adventure features simple, easily understood language and the perfect amount of humor for newly independent readers beginning their transition to chapter books. The enjoyable mysteries in each book will have your young readers hooked and ready to do some detective work of their own! Head on over to the series page for the full list of King & Kayla titles and some fun activity sheets!


“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

Also, learn more from Peachtree’s Vice President Kathy Landwehr, editor of the King & Kayla series, about the world of early readers, and the gap in book selection that King & Kayla fills, in this post.

Add King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor to your series collection this March at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble, and be sure to check out the rest of our brand-new Spring 2020 titles as well as our picture books and middle grade titles coming to Peachtree this season in paperback!