The Case of the Lost Boy

123p. 978-0-80750-910-4.
Gr 2-3 King, a golden retriever detective, has lost his owners. When their Uncle Marty takes him to the pound, he is determined to find them. Things seem to be going his way when he discovers that the new family that adopts him lives right behind his people's house. His mission takes a detour, however, when his new boy, Connor, disappears while taking him for a walk. Now King must outrun humans, decode strange cat messages, and track down Connor's eggs, bacon, toothpaste, and dirt smell to solve the case. The type is large, the text is easy, and the occasional black-and-white illustrations complement the text well. The clues are unique and true to the fact that a dog is telling the story. The addition of paw prints used as bullet points in King's lists of what he knows about the case and chapter headings with titles like "Nose to the Ground" add to this involving story. Fans of dog stories, mysteries, or readers reluctant to start chapter books will appreciate this story."Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Buddy, an exuberant dog with deep affection for his humans, looks for his missing owners while solving other small mysteries. The clear and direct plots, engaging characters, humor, and suspense will keep readers entertained. Black-and-white halftone illustrations enhance the stories. Review covers these Buddy Files titles: The Case of the Lost Boy, The Case of the Missing Family, and The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts.

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