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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: Buddy Files (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807509329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807509326
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From 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. Grades 1-3. --Kara Dean --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"With twists and turns, humor, and a likable canine character, this series should find a wide fan base." Booklist

"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." School Library Journal

"Butler tells the story from Buddy's perspective, throwing in details to convince readers that it's really Buddy talking....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." Kirkus Reviews

"This chipper novel launches Butler's...Buddy Files series, narrated by a chatty golden retriever.....readers should be drawn in by Buddy's exuberant voice and readily recognize the high stakes and emotions at play." Publishers Weekly

"The clear and direct plots, engaging characters, humor, and suspense will keep readers entertained." The Horn Book Guide

"Told believably from a dog's point of view, the story will appeal to beginning and reluctant readers. Black line illustrations aid in understanding."
Children's Literature

"This new series will appeal to beginning independent readers, not only in the readability of the text, but also in the endearing dog detective...The story's lively pace and large print will keep young readers engaged."
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More About the Author

Dori Hillestad Butler has always wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel when she was in sixth grade. She wrote it to find out if she could write a novel, and because she needed extra credit in her English class. Her dream of becoming a published author came true in 1997, with the publication of The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off. She's gone on to publish more than 35 additional books for children.

Her books have been appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best Juvenile Mystery.

Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor.

She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband, son, dog and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.

For more information, visit her website at www.kidswriter.com.

Customer Reviews

He really likes kids mystery books, and this one was definitely a keeper!
Mom of Four Sons
The writing style and the size of the font make this a very easy chapter book, appropriate for second graders to read on their own.
Amazon Customer
My 8 year old daughter enjoyed reading this book but found it very easy to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By IMNSHO VINE VOICE on March 16, 2010
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Not only is The Buddy Files a compelling book for young readers, it provides additional educational values as well.
Before I review the book's attributes, I should state that I am a reading teacher and a grandmother of a six year old pre-reader.

First, I want to dismiss two concerns that were mentioned in previous reviews: divorce and so-called abandonment. Yes, one of the characters in the first book has moved because his parents were recently divorced. When I was reading this part to my grandson, his comment was, "Oh, that's like Gavin across the street. His father lives somewhere else." Like it or not, young readers may come from a divorced family, or know of children who do. It was no big deal. Next, to suggest that young readers may personally relate a dog being in a pound with abandonment is hyperbolic. The "pound" is part of the initial setting, nothing more, nothing less.

Because the book's plot revolves around a "mystery", it holds the reader's interest. At first, when I started reading the book to my grandson, he asked, "Where's the pictures?". I explained that with this book there were just a few pictures, and that he would want to imagine what was happening in his head. This ability to visualize what one reads is called eidectic memory, an important skill used by good readers. The dog-protagonist is caring, funny, thoughtful,and logical. What I particularly like is how the dog thinks through how he is going to think through his problem. This critical level thinking skill is called metacognition - again, a valuable reading comprehension skill. Finally, the book has a contained vocabulary that lends itself to word recognition practice.

We read the Buddy Files in two sittings. When my grandson visited this morning, he found in my den the next book in the series. Could I read it to him, right away - please!? Hmmm. A book before lunch? It doesn't get better than that.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Kingsriter on March 25, 2010
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THE BUDDY FILES is a fun, easy-to-read mystery aimed squarely at the early reader. It's an entertaining story told from the perspective of a dog who unexpectedly finds himself at the P.O.U.N.D. and then "adopts" a new family. Then his new boy, Connor, goes missing and the dog makes it his mission to find him.

The story clips along at a quick pace, has easy vocabulary, and bite-sized chapters that make the book manageable for your average 1st or 2nd grader. A fun cast of characters and colorful language make the journey fun.

I belive the story would appeal to both girls and boys equally. My 1st grader was thrilled to have this be one of the first chapter-books that she read start to finish all by herself, and actually enjoyed the experience. I'd recommend this book to any parent whose child is starting to show in intrest in independent reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2010
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My 6-year-old daughter absolutely loves dogs and has immensely enjoyed the Just Grace series as well as the first Ivy and Bean book. When I saw this one, I figured it had her name all over it, and we read it as a bedtime story, one chapter at a time.

The book is told from the perspective of King, a dog who finds himself in the P-O-U-N-D after his family mysteriously disappears. He is adopted by a new family who renames him Buddy. While Buddy initially sets out solely to find his former family, he comes to realize that perhaps this new family needs him just as much as his old.

Buddy/King is a fairly engaging character. Anyone who loves dogs and has ever owned one will likely find themselves smiling at the way Buddy's logic and reasoning are written. We also found Buddy's "favorite" food lines to be quite charming. Still, that said, I didn't find Buddy's character as innovative or original as some of the characters in other children's literature.

This book also tackles some pretty serious issues, from divorce to kidnapping. This can provide parents for a good window for discussion about these issues. The book itself doesn't delve into them too deeply, though perhaps Connor's feelings about his parents' divorce will be probed more deeply in future installments.

On the whole, I found this book to be fairly well-written, but the more I read literature geared toward children and young adults, the more I realize that there are some really talented writers out there. Unfortunately, that means that this book falls toward the middle of the scale, as it lacks the abundant charm and wit that pepper many other books from this particular genre. It was a mildly enjoyable book but, with some many sparkling options out there, this is a series that we're not as likely to avidly pursue.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Kleist VINE VOICE on March 18, 2010
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I got this book for my 5 year old - he loved it! Great book, kept him entertained, and seemed appropriate for his comprehension level, despite being intended for older kids. I'll try the other books in the series for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yoda OK VINE VOICE on May 25, 2010
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I got this book because my 11 year old picked it out. My child is a huge dog lover and thought they would like this book. My child did indeed love the book, though it was way too easy for their reading level, but it made for some fun reading anyways. King is the main character in the book and he happens to be a dog who solves mysteries. Without trying to give too much away, King is adopted by a new family and shortly after his adventure to solve the mystery of the lost boy starts. This book does deal with divorce and running away (and a bit of an undertone of abandonment of King himself when he's taken to the pound). It is a very cute story and both my child and I giggled a few times at King with his "favorite food". I would recommend this book for 2nd and 3rd graders. It really would depend on the maturity and reading ability of the child, but could be read by younger kids or because of some of the issues it deals with it is a great story to read together with younger kids. Now we want to read the Missing Family book to see if King solves that mystery that is touched on in this book.
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