The Case of the Lost Boy
The Case of the Lost Boy

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Series: Buddy Files Vol. 1   

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Annotation: While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.
Catalog Number: #43805
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Tugeau, Jeremy,
Pages: 123 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-0932-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-43293-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-0932-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-43293-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2009023763
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This first installment in a new trilogy for early readers introduces a dog whose first family went away and never returned. Buddy ended up in the pound, where he was adopted by a boy, Connor, and his mom, who coincidently live in his old neighborhood. Buddy, who enjoyed sleuthing with his original owner, is now trying to solve the mystery of his missing family, a mission he will pursue throughout the series. First, though, he has an immediate problem to solve: Connor has disappeared. Buddy tries to find him, relying on methodical reasoning and unexpected assistance from a cat who can read. The story moves quickly to its obvious conclusion, but unanswered questions will propel readers to the series' second title. Particularly well drawn are scenes in which Buddy tries to overcome dog-to-human communication obstacles, the numerous distractions of delicious smells, and Connor's reluctance to love Buddy as he deals with changes in his own life. With twists and turns, humor, and a likable canine character, this series should find a wide fan base.
Horn Book
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.
Kirkus Reviews
Golden retriever King can't understand where his family has gone. Left with Uncle Marty, King finds himself in a place called the P-O-U-N-D. But he's quickly adopted and renamed "Buddy" by a mom and her son, Connor. Still, Buddy/King is determined to find his old family, and it looks like he's landed in his old neighborhood. Buddy is a detective dog who uses logic and facts to find solutions to mysteries. When Connor suddenly disappears, Buddy tries to find him. Has Connor been kidnapped? Butler tells the story from Buddy's perspective, throwing in details to convince readers that it's really Buddy talking. Every kind of food Buddy encounters, for example, is Buddy's "favorite food!" Buddy identifies Connor not so much by sight as by smell and describes that smell to get clues from other animals. But if Buddy can't get out of the house, how is he going to use his skills, and his nose, to find Connor? Tugeau's full-page line drawings enliven a story that should captivate young readers. This first entry in a series is both sweet and suspenseful. (Mystery. 6-8)
Publishers Weekly

This chipper novel launches Butler's (The Truth About Truman School) Buddy Files series, narrated by a chatty golden retriever. After his owner Kayla and her father disappear, Buddy lands in the dreaded “P-O-U-N-D. We don't say it, we spell it.” His plan to escape and find them gets derailed when he's adopted by a boy named Connor (“What? No, you can't take me... I already have a family,” Buddy protests). Buddy's internal monologue can be both perceptive and amusing. He observes that Connor, who moved away from his father and friends after his parents' divorce, “smells sad,” and when the nine-year-old boy goes missing, the canine laments, “I feel like I am losing humans left and right.” Aided by sleuthing skills that Kayla taught him, a keen sense of smell, and a tip from an observant cat, Buddy locates Connor. It's a straightforward mystery, but readers should be drawn in by Buddy's exuberant voice and readily recognize the high stakes and emotions at play. The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts and The Case of the Missing Family pub simultaneously. Ages 6–8. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 23 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
Word Count: 11,142
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 136394 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.5 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q48245
Lexile: 570L

"My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective." King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Hillestad Butler's funny, satisfying story... and left eager for Buddy's next adventure.

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