The Buddy Files: The Case Of The Lost Boy (The Buddy Files, 1)


King is not just an ordinary dog, he's a canine detective. Right now he's in the p-o-u-n-d (don't say it!) with a mystery on his hands: what happened to his human Kayla and her dad. King is working on an escape plan when fate intercedes. Connor and his mom adopt King - whom Connor renames Buddy - and take him home. Buddy thinks he's gone to heaven because they live in his old neighborhood, so he can start looking for Kayla! But before that happens, Connor goes missing. How can King/Buddy find someone he just met?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A cute dog, a mystery, and lots of action will engage readers of all interest levels in this story. It is a nice selection for dormant and young underground readers alike.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

We used "read by" but "devoured by" would be more appropriate. This is the second title she read, but it didn't seem to bother her that she read book 2 before book 1. She loves Buddy and the other animal characters.

Parent Reaction

These are fun stories to share. We love that our daughter wants to read them by herself, but they make great read-together books, too. One of my favorite things about the book is that Buddy talks to the reader and other neighborhood animals in English, but he speaks "dog" (bark, woof, etc.) to Connor, his mom, and other humans. It adds a layer of problem solving that kids can help him with. I also like how Buddy stops periodically to list what he knows (or doesn't). That's also a good tool for modeling critical thinking.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated chapter book series for transitional readers (second and third grade)
Educational Themes:

Buddy demonstrates critical thinking and creative problem solving. There are several logical places where you can stop and ask the reader "what would you do" before moving on to see what Buddy did. One of the undercurrents of the story is that Connor doesn't like that he had to move and doesn't live near his dad. This would make a nice book for raising the subject of change or divorce without being "in your face" about it.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read by a nine-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. These are books that you'll enjoy sharing with your kids as they listen and, when they get older (or need to read with younger siblings) they can read for themselves.

Title The Case of the Lost Boy

The Buddy Files, Book 1

Author Dori Hillestad Butler
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company © 2010
Illustrators Jeremy Tugeau
ISBN 9780807509104
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Mystery, Crime
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