King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
Written by Dori Hillestad Butler
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Fourth in the mystery series, The Lost Tooth is well worth a look for kids learning to solve problems while they learn to read better. Kayla is a strong believer in scientific method, carefully listing the clues that she and King have and the things they need to know. King also thinks he knows some clues, but he is mostly available for amusement.
When Kayla loses a tooth at school, her teacher sends her home with the class tooth fairy pillow. By the time she gets home, she is unable to find the tooth. King keeps smelling evidence of Kayla’s mouth but must hunt for the tooth along with Kayla. Of course, it’s King who eventually finds the tooth, but not without some destruction along the way.
The simple language, quick action, and familiar situations of this series make it a great introduction to chapter books. The illustrations give hints about the story that might help the struggling reader. Plus, the illustrations are pleasing and add to the enjoyment.