Welcome to our very first review of the Cybils 2017 blog season! We’re starting at the top of the category list with a nominee for Easy Readers: King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code, written by Dori Hillestad Butler and illustrated by Nancy Meyers. This mystery starring a dog and his girl is part of a series, and was reviewed earlier this year by Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books category chair Jennifer Wharton (who you can read more about here) on her blog Jean Little Library:
Meyers’ pictures show a diverse cast of kids, led by dark-skinned Kayla, and a humorous and smart dog with adorably floppy ears. It’s just the right amount of illustrations for an easy reader and has a friendly, hand-drawn flavor.