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"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 disappe "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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"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 disappe "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.

30 review for The Case of the Lost Boy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    One of the first chapter books that had my non-fiction loving 7 year old begging for one more chapter, and then another. He liked that there were real problem that the characters were facing. He really connected with the characters and was genuinely concerned for the boy's safety. Great for my second graders. One of the first chapter books that had my non-fiction loving 7 year old begging for one more chapter, and then another. He liked that there were real problem that the characters were facing. He really connected with the characters and was genuinely concerned for the boy's safety. Great for my second graders.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robin J.

    I'am currently reading the book The Case of the Lost Boy, The Budy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler. In this book there is a dog, and his name is king. His owner (Kayla) left him at the pound. King feels like his owner Kayla left him and now he's sad, But I think Kayla really went on trip It doesn't say that in the book but that is my infrence. Once my mom was late from picking me up and I thought she had forgot about me, But it was just really bad traffic. A family came to the pound and was looki I'am currently reading the book The Case of the Lost Boy, The Budy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler. In this book there is a dog, and his name is king. His owner (Kayla) left him at the pound. King feels like his owner Kayla left him and now he's sad, But I think Kayla really went on trip It doesn't say that in the book but that is my infrence. Once my mom was late from picking me up and I thought she had forgot about me, But it was just really bad traffic. A family came to the pound and was looking for a dog, so they bought king. The people who bought king, were named Connor and mom (It dose'nt say the mom's name). The family just moved from californa and Connor's mom and dad got divorst. Connor is going out to walk king, And they stop by Kaylas house, king goes and checks out the backyard to see where Kayla is, But all the lights are off and is no one in the house. When king gets back around to the front of the house Connor is gone. I Bet that king is wondering where Connor is. Once me and my freind were at the park and we could'nt find my mom anywere. King goes back to Connors house, and Connor isn't there, King checks the park and Connor isn't there. King goes to Connors house and goes inside he tried to tell the mom but he can't speak so he just sits on the floor, and whats for the mom to notice that connor is'nt there. She soon figures out and starts shouting for him! I like this book becuase you never now what will happen next, Its a good mystery book. Will thay ever find Connor I dont Know you'll Have to read the book to find out!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Moira

    OK, this is a truly great book. I don't usually write reviews of children's books because I like to be totally honest in my reviews and I don't want to hurt the feelings of any of my fellow writer friends or friends-to-be. But this was SO GREAT that I have to shout it out. Butler captures a dog's psyche better than anyone (including the author of The Art of Racing int the Rain) - I am convinced that she speaks DOG as well as, well, any dog. I mean, she states that dogs never say the word P-O-U-N OK, this is a truly great book. I don't usually write reviews of children's books because I like to be totally honest in my reviews and I don't want to hurt the feelings of any of my fellow writer friends or friends-to-be. But this was SO GREAT that I have to shout it out. Butler captures a dog's psyche better than anyone (including the author of The Art of Racing int the Rain) - I am convinced that she speaks DOG as well as, well, any dog. I mean, she states that dogs never say the word P-O-U-N-D - (well, duh, of course they only spell it) - she knows!!! She keeps the excitement and mystery going on every page AND there are some touching moments. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. The highest compliment I can give a book is to say that I wish I'd written it. This book is one I wish I'd written.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It says "currently reading" but I'm actually eavesdropping as my office mate reads it with a group of students. They keep stopping at cliff-hangers though!! I couldn’t wait, I got it from the library. I love that it’s written from the dog’s perspective. Very fun beginning chapter book! It says "currently reading" but I'm actually eavesdropping as my office mate reads it with a group of students. They keep stopping at cliff-hangers though!! I couldn’t wait, I got it from the library. I love that it’s written from the dog’s perspective. Very fun beginning chapter book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I might try reading this to my son, as a chapter book, in a few months. For a super quick read, it's kind of fun. I might try reading this to my son, as a chapter book, in a few months. For a super quick read, it's kind of fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Eleanor says: I loved this book. The dog solves mysteries. We still have to solve one mystery that was not solved in the first book. I wonder if Buddy will find his family. His real name is King.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarabeth

    Perfect mystery to keep the Kindergarten set entertained.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joan Gagan

    King, the Golden Retriever has been put in the P-O-U-N-D and he doesn't understand why. His family has disappeared and he must solve the mystery of where they went. At the pound, he gets picked by a mother and her son who smell like King's old neighborhood. Instead of being called King, he is now called Buddy. Buddy, really? "That's a wimp's name." Soon not only does Buddy need to solve the mystery of what happened to his family, he needs to find the boy who took him from the pound. While walkin King, the Golden Retriever has been put in the P-O-U-N-D and he doesn't understand why. His family has disappeared and he must solve the mystery of where they went. At the pound, he gets picked by a mother and her son who smell like King's old neighborhood. Instead of being called King, he is now called Buddy. Buddy, really? "That's a wimp's name." Soon not only does Buddy need to solve the mystery of what happened to his family, he needs to find the boy who took him from the pound. While walking the dog, the boy goes missing. Buddy is certain it was the stranger they met on their walk. When Buddy overhears the police talk about an attempted kidnapping in the neighborhood, he gets really concerned. What has happened to the boy and will Buddy find him in time? This book will be fun to read to early to middle elementary students. I can't wait to start it for a bookclub.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    I love animals and couldn't resist this book even though it is for "younger" readers. It was flat out adorable, very touching, and made me laugh, cry, and then laugh some more. King (the dog) is so perfect as a detective and the author did a great job keeping King a dog even though she was giving him a clearly human element in his detective skills (for example when a human mentions a period of time- "a week", King's first problem was figuring out how long a week is). I read it in one sitting and I love animals and couldn't resist this book even though it is for "younger" readers. It was flat out adorable, very touching, and made me laugh, cry, and then laugh some more. King (the dog) is so perfect as a detective and the author did a great job keeping King a dog even though she was giving him a clearly human element in his detective skills (for example when a human mentions a period of time- "a week", King's first problem was figuring out how long a week is). I read it in one sitting and don't regret one minute of it. Overall- great job!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Not a huge fan. I guess the kids will like it OK. This is one I will have to feign some enthusiasm for, though. Will remind myself that some of them really will really enjoy the "dog voice." :X Not a huge fan. I guess the kids will like it OK. This is one I will have to feign some enthusiasm for, though. Will remind myself that some of them really will really enjoy the "dog voice." :X

  11. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Mystery: The Case of the Lost Boy (The Buddy Files) by Dori Hillestad Butler This is the first book in a series of early elementary mystery series about a dog detective. This book debuted in September 2010, starting off a series of fun, mystery, and adventure for the younger readers. This book opens up with King (Buddy) locked in the pound wondering what happened to his old family. Were they coming back for him? Did they just leave him? A few days later King (Buddy) was adopted by Connor and give Mystery: The Case of the Lost Boy (The Buddy Files) by Dori Hillestad Butler This is the first book in a series of early elementary mystery series about a dog detective. This book debuted in September 2010, starting off a series of fun, mystery, and adventure for the younger readers. This book opens up with King (Buddy) locked in the pound wondering what happened to his old family. Were they coming back for him? Did they just leave him? A few days later King (Buddy) was adopted by Connor and given the new name of Buddy. Neither Buddy or Connor knew that the other was just what they needed in life. Then the mystery of the story comes into play: Connor disappears. It is up to Buddy to solve the mystery of the missing boy! This book follows as Buddy works alongside his pal Mouse as they search for Connor. This is a great chapter book for early readers. It is a good level for a second to third-grade independent level reading. This book would also be a fun read-aloud for kindergarten to start having them work on sequencing events. An activity would be to put the events in order that happened in the book. The students will spend time either being read to or reading this independently and think about how the events occurred within the pages. They will color important scenes in sequence. By doing this type of activity it will allow the instructor to take a look at the students’ comprehension of the text. It will also show if the students are able to pick up on an order of events. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and definitely plan to look further into the complete series. I mean who doesn’t like a dog detective?!

  12. 4 out of 5

    fer_reads

    This is the first book of "The Buddy Files" series. I read it with my second grader and we absolutely enjoyed it. Buddy is a golden retriever who has found his way to the P-O-U-N-D. He has set himself on a mission to find his family, after they left for a short trip without him. However, one day, Buddy gets adopted by Connor and his mom. Although Buddy likes Connor, he still wants to be reunited with his old family. Until one day, Connor goes missing and Buddy feels the need to help find him. Bud This is the first book of "The Buddy Files" series. I read it with my second grader and we absolutely enjoyed it. Buddy is a golden retriever who has found his way to the P-O-U-N-D. He has set himself on a mission to find his family, after they left for a short trip without him. However, one day, Buddy gets adopted by Connor and his mom. Although Buddy likes Connor, he still wants to be reunited with his old family. Until one day, Connor goes missing and Buddy feels the need to help find him. Buddy is a cute character, not surprisingly- I mean who doesn't love dogs? But, we will not be continuing with the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Schmolze

    I read this book to my first graders and they loved it! I also really enjoyed it. It's told from the perspective of a dog, which makes for a really fun read. The mystery in this book kept us entertained the whole time. Although it does bring everything to a close at the end, it still kind of ends on a cliffhanger. My kids' faces were priceless when they realized we had reached the end of the book and still didn't know how certain things would turn out. I read this book to my first graders and they loved it! I also really enjoyed it. It's told from the perspective of a dog, which makes for a really fun read. The mystery in this book kept us entertained the whole time. Although it does bring everything to a close at the end, it still kind of ends on a cliffhanger. My kids' faces were priceless when they realized we had reached the end of the book and still didn't know how certain things would turn out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This really surprised me! Told from the perspective of Buddy the dog looking for his missing family, it mixes humor with introspection and genuine deep emotions: "If I were human, I could let the sadness and frustration I'm feeling drip out of my eyes. Since I'm not human, I have no choice but to carry the sadness and frustration in my heart." Bonus: the mystery elements of the story are actually quite suspenseful! This really surprised me! Told from the perspective of Buddy the dog looking for his missing family, it mixes humor with introspection and genuine deep emotions: "If I were human, I could let the sadness and frustration I'm feeling drip out of my eyes. Since I'm not human, I have no choice but to carry the sadness and frustration in my heart." Bonus: the mystery elements of the story are actually quite suspenseful!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I read this with my son and daughter (ages 9 and 6). It was such a fun and well written book. The narrator--a dog--is funny and loveable. It's a different and enjoyable perspective. We really wanted to know what happened and the book had good foreshadowing without being predictable. When we picked it up we didn't know that it was connected to the young reader series King and Kayla, which was a wonderful surprise to discover! (You can enjoy this book never having read the King and Kayla series.) I read this with my son and daughter (ages 9 and 6). It was such a fun and well written book. The narrator--a dog--is funny and loveable. It's a different and enjoyable perspective. We really wanted to know what happened and the book had good foreshadowing without being predictable. When we picked it up we didn't know that it was connected to the young reader series King and Kayla, which was a wonderful surprise to discover! (You can enjoy this book never having read the King and Kayla series.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    Very cute little read-my dog lover is a big fan:)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Massey

    My kids loved this book. I thought it was clever, and the author did a wonderful job of nailing a dogs perspective.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Casazza

    This book is hilarious!! The dog is a wonderful narrator. He is a genuine, funny storyteller that pokes fun at humans and also shows how much he cares for them in this fast paced mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Parker

    Something unique is that the dog is the detective!!!! Grade: 3-4 Read aloud Genre: Mystery

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Very good chapter book for early readers - good mystery, doesn't treat readers like little kids - good for reluctant readers. Very good chapter book for early readers - good mystery, doesn't treat readers like little kids - good for reluctant readers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Read for battle of books - funny dog. Okay for a 1st or 2nd grader.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Zorea

    Fun title for students who like to read dog books, especially books where the dog narrates in first person. Recommended for grades 2-4.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This book has more depth to the storyline than many beginning chapter books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    "IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" "IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah W

    King is renamed Buddy by the family that takes him out of the pound. While the dog is glad to be out of that place, he's not pleased about this adoption. First, the whole thing is backwards from his point of view. The dog is supposed to pick the family and not the other way around. Second, he already has a family. Mom is serving overseas. Kayla and Dad went to visit Grandma and then never came back. Buddy spent time at a kennel and then an uncle's before landing in the pound where the new mom an King is renamed Buddy by the family that takes him out of the pound. While the dog is glad to be out of that place, he's not pleased about this adoption. First, the whole thing is backwards from his point of view. The dog is supposed to pick the family and not the other way around. Second, he already has a family. Mom is serving overseas. Kayla and Dad went to visit Grandma and then never came back. Buddy spent time at a kennel and then an uncle's before landing in the pound where the new mom and her son Connor found him. Buddy's determined to figure out what happened to his first family. Kayla loved solving mysteries and made Buddy help her, so he's making lists of what he knows and doesn't know. He thinks he has a real chance of solving it when it turns out the new family lives in the same neighborhood that Kayla's family did. Buddy can't pass up the chance to scope out his old yard when he's out on his first walk with Connor. Buddy's investigation gets put aside when Connor vanishes. Buddy puts himself on the case of the lost boy, but he's being roadblocked by scents that disappear in the middle of the street and humans that can't understand what he's trying to tell them. This mystery will appeal most to those readers just entering chapter books. It is an eager, sort of bumbling mystery in that Buddy is not a super observant detective. He needs the help of others, including a cat, to solve the case. In a read aloud setting, children will have fun with some of Buddy's repeated mannerisms, such as his love of every kind of food or how he has to spell out pound rather than using the word. This would be a good book to put in the hands of children who cannot get enough animal stories. Many will be able to relate to Connor's problems with his parents' recent split.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nola Decker

    I don't give out 5-star reviews very often but this book really had everything in it that I was looking for. The voice of the POV character--Buddy/King the dog--was so spot on! I work with dogs professionally and most of the books I read with dog characters just leave me with a stomach-ache. Buddy's voice was exactly what I think some of my Golden Retriever friends would sound like if they could articulate. The recurring statement of "I LOVE [bacon/turkey sandwiches/steak/etc]! It's my favorite I don't give out 5-star reviews very often but this book really had everything in it that I was looking for. The voice of the POV character--Buddy/King the dog--was so spot on! I work with dogs professionally and most of the books I read with dog characters just leave me with a stomach-ache. Buddy's voice was exactly what I think some of my Golden Retriever friends would sound like if they could articulate. The recurring statement of "I LOVE [bacon/turkey sandwiches/steak/etc]! It's my favorite food!" had my son cracking up every time! Buddy's adventures in this story were a perfect blend of flat-out humor balanced with serious tension. It is scary and sad that Buddy's original family disappeared and he ended up at the P-O-U-N-D. The disappearance of his new boy, Connor, is scary, too because for a time we are wondering if he was kidnapped. The sad/scary parts were not heavy handed or didactic, though they did lead me and my son to some conversations about how it feels to miss someone and how to stay away from stranger-danger. I bought several of this series for my six-year-old, who was looking for another chapter book series to dive into. He's a pretty advanced reader for his age and this book is right at the level that is readable for him but a little challenging. We started with him reading it out loud to me but I got so sucked into the story that after a few chapters I took over the reading duties because I read faster than he does and I just couldn't wait to learn how the story ended! I am impatient, I guess. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Buddy already feels like an old friend to me. I would recommend this to anyone with young readers who like dogs and mysteries and adventures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue Morris

    4.5 Stars King is in the pound, unceremoniously dumped there by his human’s Uncle Marty. King had been staying at a kennel, but his stay was up so he transferred to a neighbor’s home. It is from here that the Uncle took King. He was then adopted by a new family (even though it is suppose to be the dog who does the adopting, King went with them). They recently moved into the neighborhood his human Kayla lives in. King is excited because he needs to find Kayla and her dad, who have not returned fro 4.5 Stars King is in the pound, unceremoniously dumped there by his human’s Uncle Marty. King had been staying at a kennel, but his stay was up so he transferred to a neighbor’s home. It is from here that the Uncle took King. He was then adopted by a new family (even though it is suppose to be the dog who does the adopting, King went with them). They recently moved into the neighborhood his human Kayla lives in. King is excited because he needs to find Kayla and her dad, who have not returned from their trip. In the meantime, the little boy, Connor, who is sad, walks King, now known as Buddy, and uses this as a chance to run away back to his dad in California, a long way from Minnesota. With Buddy’s help, Connor is found at the airport and now Buddy is not sure what he will do when he finds his real family. Dogs are only supposed to have one family, not two. This is the first book in The Buddy Files series and a good introduction to King (or Buddy), a gentle golden retriever with a good sense of humor and fiercely loyal to his humans. Book number one is a short 41-page chapter book that can be read in one sitting. It will be a favorite with boys and girls 7 to 10 years old. The illustrations show the golden retriever you will have pictured in your mind as you read his story. It is told strickly from the dog’s point of view. The author has done a great job writing the thoughts of a dog. If canines could read and had a book reviewer at the New York Times, this would be the number one title for dogs everywhere. Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Ready for chapter books? Like dogs and mysteries and books that are a series? Look no further! King is a golden retriever who has a mystery, well actually 2 mysteries, to solve! King finds himself in the P-O-U-N-D (that's a bad word in doggy talk) at the beginning of the book because he has lost his family! The people he lives with have gone missing and he's found himself in the P-O-U-N-D! He is able to escape from there by being adopted by his new family. And even better, his new family lives ri Ready for chapter books? Like dogs and mysteries and books that are a series? Look no further! King is a golden retriever who has a mystery, well actually 2 mysteries, to solve! King finds himself in the P-O-U-N-D (that's a bad word in doggy talk) at the beginning of the book because he has lost his family! The people he lives with have gone missing and he's found himself in the P-O-U-N-D! He is able to escape from there by being adopted by his new family. And even better, his new family lives right behind his old house! That will make it easier to find his real family. But on his first walk around the neighborhood, he loses his new owner! So now King has to find his old family and new family! This sleuthing dog will have to get busy! I like this book because it's told in the voice of King. Children will laugh every time King finds food (everything is his favorite food!) and his inability to count! King also talks about his thought process when he goes about solving his mysteries - he makes lists of what he knows, what he needs to find out and from there he makes his action plan. Warning: this book does have some "Stranger Danger" in it. If reading with a young child, you may want to first discuss what to do if a stranger approaches you and what is ok to say and/or do! It turns out fine in the book, King discovers that the "Scary" Man isn't scary, but actually scared of dogs. This book is the first in a series and should appeal to young dog-lovers!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Buddy the Golden Retriever narrates this wonderful romp through the definition and redefinition of family. He is an engaging dog, and struggles with the universal dog frustration: how do I make these people understand? Buddy manages, and along the way, he encounters a lot of dropped food - every nibble his favorite food! This first book in The Buddy Files, The Case of the Lost Boy, introduces us to Buddy, formerly known as King, a family loving Golden Retriever. King loved his first family, but l Buddy the Golden Retriever narrates this wonderful romp through the definition and redefinition of family. He is an engaging dog, and struggles with the universal dog frustration: how do I make these people understand? Buddy manages, and along the way, he encounters a lot of dropped food - every nibble his favorite food! This first book in The Buddy Files, The Case of the Lost Boy, introduces us to Buddy, formerly known as King, a family loving Golden Retriever. King loved his first family, but lost them. His new family dubs him Buddy. He makes a great narrator -Buddy's is the voice of the story - and everything is his favorite food! He's engaging, and in spite of his communication frustrations, he points out that things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes the difference between scared and scary is only a matter of perspective. Buddy has two kids - Kayla, from his King family - he is still searching for her! - and Conner, whose Mom names him Buddy. Conner's Mom is a school principle and wants a dog she can take to school every day, so this series is well set up to appeal to both boys and girls. The potential to solve the mystery of the lost family (Kayla and Dad - Mom's in the National Guard) and the unending adventures of a school full of kids should provide plenty of future stories for Dori Hillestad Butler.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A delightful read for those just getting comfortable with chapter books--and it's a mystery to boot! Buddy (aka King)is eager to solve the mystery of his missing family but has come up against a major stumbling block: he's in the p-o-u-n-d. Fortunately, a woman and her child (who smells sad)adopt him. Buddy's excited because he can smell the familiar scents of his old neighborhood on his rescuers and plans to start the hunt for his real family as soon as he can. Imagine his joy when he discovers A delightful read for those just getting comfortable with chapter books--and it's a mystery to boot! Buddy (aka King)is eager to solve the mystery of his missing family but has come up against a major stumbling block: he's in the p-o-u-n-d. Fortunately, a woman and her child (who smells sad)adopt him. Buddy's excited because he can smell the familiar scents of his old neighborhood on his rescuers and plans to start the hunt for his real family as soon as he can. Imagine his joy when he discovers that his new family lives on the same block as his first 'real' family! However, he soon has another mystery on his paws when his new boy disappears. Told from the dog's point of view, it's easy to imagine Buddy's frustration with his humans' inability to understand "Dog". If only they could smell things! he laments while his distraught "Mom" wishes Buddy could talk because she knows he probably knows what happened to her son. While the outcome is satisfying, the reader (and Buddy) are left with some unanswered questions (Can a dog have more than one family? What happened to Buddy's first family?) and the desire to read the next books in the series to find the answers!

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