King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats
Written by Dori Hillestad Butler, Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
King’s human, Kayla, has baked some treats for a friend’s new puppy, Thor, but some go missing and it is up to King to find the culprit.
Primary Source Pairing:
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats is a winning combination of early chapter book text and expressive and helpful illustrations for growing readers. For this primary source pairing, use the book itself and model “reading” the pictures as you also read the words. Illustrator Nancy Meyers perfectly captures our narrator, King, as he puzzles through the mystery of the missing dog treats. Specifically, use the illustration in chapter four of the intruder’s tail sticking out from under the couch. Invite students to closely and slowly “read” the illustration and think like a detective just like King and Kayla.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see.
- What do you notice first?
- What is the setting of this book? Of this illustration?
- Who do you think took the missing dog treats?
- Use visual evidence to prove your theory.
- What other details do you see in the illustrations of this book?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
King and Kayla Activity Guide: https://peachtree-online.com/books/series/king-kayla/ including a dog treat recipe!