Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dog Books for Kids: Profile of
"The Buddy Files" Mystery Series

by Dori Butler, guest author
© Jeremy Tugeau
If you’re looking for dog books for the beginning chapter book reader in your life, I hope you’ll take a look at my Buddy Files books, published by Albert Whitman and Company.

© Jeremy Tugeau
The Buddy Files is a series of books about a school therapy dog who solves mysteries. The stories are told from the dog’s point of view and they’re aimed at kids who are just starting to read chapter books or anyone who loves a good dog book. What's nice about writing from a dog's point of view is a precocious four-year-old who is reading chapter books can enjoy the books just as much as a 10-year-old who struggles with reading. They're not beyond the four-year-old's realm of experience, and I don't think the 10-year-old feels like he's reading a "baby book." 

Each one is a stand-alone mystery, which means the dog solves a new case in each book. But then there is also another larger mystery that spans three books.
© Jeremy Tugeau

© Jeremy Tugeau
I got the idea for the series when my own dog and I were training to become a pet partner team. Therapy dogs come in contact with a lot of different people, and each person a dog comes in contact with has their own story, or in the case of the Buddy Files, their own mystery to be solved. It seemed like the perfect hook for a children’s book series. I’ve never had so much fun writing as I have writing these books. I love writing from a dog’s point of view.

Buddy grows and changes as the series progresses. He goes from shelter dog in book 1 to working therapy dog in book 4.

© Jeremy Tugeau
In the first book, a golden retriever named King finds himself at the P-O-U-N-D (dogs don’t say that word, they spell it!). He’s adopted by a new family—a 9-year-old boy named Connor and a single mom who is going to be the principal at the elementary school. They change King’s name to Buddy. King/Buddy is growing attached to his new family, but at the same time he can’t help but wonder what happened to his old family.

© Jeremy Tugeau
While solving the Case of the Lost Boy (book 1) and the Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts (book 2), Buddy receives clues to what might have happened to his family. But he doesn’t actually find out what happened to them until the Case of the Missing Family (book 3).

Likewise, in The Case of the Fire Alarm (book 4) and The Case of the Library Monster (book 5), Buddy wonders if his new school is haunted, but he doesn’t find out whether there really is a ghost or not until The Case of the School Ghost (book 6), which will be published in March 2012. You can pre-order through Amazon at the link to assure you get a copy right away when it becomes available.


The Buddy Files books are available online through the Albert Whitman site, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound. If you'd like to purchase your own, simply click the links to make your selections.

For a chance to win one of 3 sets of the first five Buddy Files books, you can enter using our Rafflecopter entry widget below. Facebook and Twitter handles are included there so that you may get entry credit for following. Once you've completed the two mandatory entries, you're free to choose any extra entries you wish. Good luck!


Dori Hillestad Butler and her dog Mouse are a registered Pet Partner team through Delta Society, and they enjoy reading her books with kids. Among other awards, The Buddy Files: Case of the the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery published in 2010.

More information about Dori and The Buddy Files:
Teachers' Guide
Free Coloring Pages
Dori's website
The Delta Society
Therapy Animals

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Full disclosure: The publisher of The Buddy Files provided this profile of their books along with this promotional giveaway for you. There was no sample involved and no purchase is necessary to win.

23 comments:



cstironkat said...

Sidney and Kyle will be reading the books if we win.



Anonymous said...

My triplets grandchildren love to read books about dogs. They do not have dogs so they come to grandma house to visit Schooner and Skipper.



Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
My triplets grandchildren love to read books about dogs. They do not have dogs so they come to grandma house to visit Schooner and Skipper.

Sharon Gilbert - sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I love the the BoxCar Children. We have the books at school. I am going to start collecting them for the triplets.


Sharon Gilbert - sjgilbert@aol.com



Christina said...

I am a teacher (first grade) I definitely have a few students in my class who will be ready for these books in the coming weeks. As much as I share my love for dogs, they just love to read about them :)



Christina said...

I love the books about character education, and actually already have a few in my classroom library. (Bat's Big Game, Bravery Soup)



K-Koira said...

Almost makes me sad I don't have any kids to read books to



Pup Fan said...

These sound so cute!



AmandaSue said...

These will be for my niece! And then passed down to my lil one.

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AStarrA said...

My daughter would adore reading these, thanks for the chance!
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AStarrA said...

Also like the book The Christmas Pups
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Thanks for taking the time to post such a detailed and informative article. It has given me a lot of inspiration and I look forward to more like this in the future.
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Anna Galanos said...

I'll definitely be reading them first before I send them to my nephew.



Anna Galanos said...

I absolutely loved The Boxcar Children series when I was in elementary school. I would love for my nephew to read them one day or listen to them in class. I think he would like Perfect Snow also because we don't have real snow, just ice. Last winter we had a record snowfall in Texas, but I would love for him to read about snow and how wonderful it is to have something to look forward to besides the cold.



Tammy1409 said...

My daughter is starting to read and adores dogs. These would be so perfect for her! I hadn't heard about them before!



Kathy said...

This would be a fun series to add to my collection or gift to my nieces.



Ashley Jones said...

my fabulous students will be reading these books!



Ashley Jones said...

I love the boxcar children!! I have them in my classroom and i used to read them!



Shelley P said...

I love the holiday book section on Albert Whitman's site. The books I like are Substitute Groundhog and The Halloween Book of Facts and Fun but there were so many others. I really enjoy giving the younger children in the family books as gifts for the holidays : )



Shelley P said...

These are adorable! My niece, Myah, would be reading these books. She wants a dog so badly but her family just isn't ready. She would really enjoy these books : )



Sara said...

i would get these books for my niece and nephew!



Susan said...

If I win, my best friend's youngest will get these books. :)
Susan
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http://happyhippieheart.blogspot.com



Susan said...

I would love to get the Mermaid Mysteries books for my best friend's youngest.
Susan
http://75percenthippie.blogspot.com
http://happyhippieheart.blogspot.com

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