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King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor

(King & Kayla #6)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery.
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.
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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King's friend Thor is in big trouble. His owner, Jillian, got a call from the grumpy Mr. Gary that Thor was in his yard and had upended garbage cans, dug through the garden, and caused all kind of havoc! Jillian's mom is helping to clean things up, and Jillian doesn't know what to do with her exuberant puppy. Of course, being a great detective, King finds out that Thor didn't create the mess. King enlists the help of other neighborhood dogs, who say there is a "new g
In this sixth title in the popular series, King and Kayla are on the case again, this time proving that Thor, another neighbor dog belonging to Jillian did not cause all the mess in Mr. Gary's yard. There are five short chapters in which the friends work together to identify the culprit. With a little bit of help and information from Mouse, they find the evidence they need to prove Thor's innocence--scat from a raccoon. I loved how Mouse's human uses online resources to identify the scat, leavin ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-chapter-book
Once again Kayla and King her dog, sniff out trouble in their neighborhood. Told from King's point of view makes the twists and turns even funnier for young readers. There are a lot of red herrings in this mystery about a grumpy neighbor's spilled garbage can, and dug up garden, turning this debacle into a neighborhood problem. Kayla takes her pencil and notebook, and using her winning formula of deductive reasoning narrows down the suspects. In the end, those clever dogs know a thing or two as ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I like this young mystery series, with the dog King as the main narrator. Kayla also does a good job of evaluating situations, listing out the evidence (although she doesn't know everything King does, since he speaks human but she can't talk to animals), and deciding on questions to pursue.

The cranky neighbor was grumpy enough to be the antagonist but not scary. This is a good early reader option.
Becky B
King and Kayla try to find out who messed up the neighbor's backyard. The neighbor thinks it is Jillian's dog Thor, but was it?

King and Kayla make some great observations that help throw into question whether Thor is even capable of doing the crime he's accused of. Some of the evidence may point to mischief makers that readers will also have experience with. Another great mystery with this duo. I liked the resolution and how everyone handled it.
Zoe's Human
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lt
King and his human Kayla apply their problem-solving skills to help Thor and his human when Thor is accused of messing up the neighbor's yard. In addition to being a great transitional reader and highly entertaining, this story looks at the concept of list-making as a tool to work out ideas and think things through. It is a charming and adorable early-reader mystery that is both funny and clever. Suitable for ages 7 to 9. ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love King and Kayla! This is another lovely addition to the series. This time a dog friend of King has been (wrongfully?) accused of digging up a neighbor's yard. Will King and Kayla figure out who did it? I love that the characters use simple scientific methods to solve the mysteries. Excellent in every way. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thor, a puppy and King’s friend, is being blamed for digging up Mr. Gary’s garden and getting into his trash. King is not so sure that is was Thor. “There’s a big mess all right. But it doesn’t look like the kind of mess Thor would make.” So Kayla and King take up the case to see if they can prove Thor’s innocence.

Cute! I love Kayla’s demonstration of her problem solving process.
Another in the King & Kayla mystery series. I liked it, but the author kind of leaves the reader hanging by not showing the culprit and leaving it out there whether or not "the new guy" is going to fight King as the Cat claims he would. ...more
Another great entry in the KING & KAYLA series. Short chapters, clean font and spacing, and a plot-driven storyline will capture children's interest. There's even POOP!

Only quibble is that the cover has absolutely nothing to do with the book, which misleads early readers.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my introduction to this series. I feel this would be great for a reluctant reader not ready for traditional chapter books like magic tree house or the alphabet mysteries but is beyond first readers. The story is fun with some a very nice sense of logical thinking.
Chris Hays
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well I am a King and Kayla convert. These books are great in my opinion. They carry a mystery that is on a kid level, have humor within the pet dialogue, and are natural enough to feel like everyday for kids. I feel every beginning reader library should carry these books.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-nerdies
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When Thor is blamed for messing up a neighbor's yard, it just doesn't seem right to King and Kayla. They both follow clues to figure out the real culprit. ...more
Claire Annette
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great detective duo for emerging readers.
I received an arc of this book from a giveaway from the publisher.

This is adorable and wonderful like all of the other books I've read from this series.
Margaret Boling
Feb 21, 2021 marked it as to-read

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Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of this series.
Jul 08, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020, easy-reader
This is my introduction to the series, but I found it well placed and the illustrations go well with the story. A good mystery for those not quite ready for full chapter books.
Everything about this series is perfect. And the mysteries are really legit. In this one a reader will be given information on poop.
Michele Knott
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
King and friends are on a new case. This time they are defending their friend, Thor. Thor has been accused by their grumpy neighbor, Mr. Gary, of dumping his garbage and making a mess, dug up his garden, and pooped in his yard! Luckily, King uses his super sniffer to smell out the real culprit!
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Dori Hillestad Butler grew up writing, for she had no brothers or sisters to play with until she was eight years old. The first book she published was The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off , it took her many years to sell that book, followed by four more picture books. She then started writing YA books short stories have appeared in anthologies entitled, The Green Umbrella and Other Sports Stories ...more

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