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King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
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King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth

Part of King & Kayla

by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Nancy Meyers

A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-Winning Book!

This fun, laugh-out-loud early chapter book series follows lovable dog King and his human girl Kayla as they solve mysteries. From Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers.

Kayla’s loose tooth is missing! As she gathers clues she sees:

  • Her tooth is not inside the tooth fairy pillow.
  • It’s not inside her backpack.
  • It’s not inside the car.

Where could it be?

As King sniffs for clues, he notices that Mason’s hand has a familiar smell…. How will they solve the mystery?

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. Great for introducing mysteries and the important concepts of fact gathering, list making, clues, and analytical thinking.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-880-6
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Page Count: 48
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-018-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 48
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-114-0
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 2.4
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 450L
Themes: Cause and Effect, Investigation, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV045000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books


“Each page includes illustrations that are often humorous and highlight the affection between King and Kayla… This funny, endearing addition to the series will delight early readers, especially dog lovers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Narrator King’s perspective makes an otherwise straightforward story much more engaging, while humorous illustrations reinforce the plot and further forefront King’s doggie thoughts.” —The Horn Book Guide


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (Honor Book) ―ALSC, 2019

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2018

Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award (Honor Book, Transitional Fiction) ―Maryland Library Association, 2019

Washington State Book Awards (Finalist, Books for Young Readers) ―Washington Center for the Book, 2019

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Delaware Diamonds Awards (Nominee, K-2) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2019-2020

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards (Nominee, Grades K-3) ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2019-2020


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Meet the Author

Dori Butler

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 ChildrenCricketSpiderChildren’s Digest, and Child Life. Butler is the children’s book review columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She lives in Washington. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Nancy Meyers

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