King is stuck inside the P.O.U.N.D. after his human’s Uncle Marty grabbed King from the neighbors where he was staying. Kayla and her dad, King’s family, originally left him at a kennel when they went on a trip. King does not know where Kayla and her dad went or how long they will be away. The problem is, they have been gone much longer than normal, and King wants to find them. He needs to escape the pound, but how do you break through a locked metal cage?
When a mom and son, Connor, want to adopt King, he goes along willingly hoping to find clues about his real family. Before King, now renamed Buddy, can do any investigating a crisis develops with his new family when the young boy runs away. As Buddy helps solve The Case of the Lost Boy he learns he as feelings for this new family. So is King going to keep the name Buddy? At some point, he will probably find Kayla and her dad and want to go home, but his affection for Connor and his mom will likely pull him back.
The story is a nice introduction to The Buddy Files series. The story perspective is that of King/Buddy, a golden retriever with much spunk, a doggish sense of humor and at times wisdom. He is a kind dog, apparently well respected in the dog world. All of that may sound a bit strange but it works well. The story is a short 41-page chapter book that kids will love. The humor is kid friendly; though not so much cat friendly.
This will be a series you will want to keep up with as King/Buddy solves mysteries in his neighbor (maybe out of also), while trying to find his real family. There is one problem. According to this golden retriever, a dog is only supposed to have one family. Now that he has developed feelings for this new family, he is not sure what he will do when he finds his real family. “Is it possible for a dog to have more than one family?” He ponders. Maybe it will occur to King/Buddy that the two families could become one.
The illustrations are wonderful. King/Buddy looks like the gentle, loving, smart dog the text tells us he is. Being a cat person, I would like to see Cat with no Name’s head look more feline. She does not look much like a cat, but then, this is a dog’s story, and a good one at that.
Author: Dori Hillestad Butler Publisher: Albert Whitman and Co. Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4532-1947-8