written by Dori Hillestad Butler
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Peachier Publishers 2017
review copy from public library
I discovered King and Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code at our lovely Main library last week in the children's section and just had to find out more about these two adorable characters. King is a dog and Kayla is a little girl and together they are detectives. You might be wondering how a dog is a detective. King is a detective by retrieving things, smelling things, and thinking to himself. It's very interesting because the humans don't understand King but his actions and the thinking the reader follows allows the reader to understand his helpful role more.
Mason and Kayla receive letters that are in a jumbled code. They work with King to figure out who sent them and learn how to decipher them. I can't share the who or how the mystery is solved but readers will love how it's solved and probably want to try their own code writing. I've been reading a lot lately about diverse books and children needing to see themselves in them, this would make a nice addition to any library for this reason. This is a great book for transitional readers with lots of white space, picture support and text spread out. It also looks like there are a couple more titles with King and Kayla. I hope more books are coming.