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Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked Hardcover – May 7, 2013

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A veteran police officer with a family and a weight problem pairs up with a rough-edged rookie whose procedural bloopers get them kicked off their first investigation—so they nab the pusher they had been after on their own time. Sound familiar? Evidently hoping that young readers might find it clever, Krosoczka takes this rather trite plotline and positively festoons it with standard cop TV show lines and tropes. It helps that the duo are platypuses, but this does not have the sense of fun found in Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady series (soon to be a major motion picture) and is way more confusing. Not even the dozens of cartoon illustrations (not seen in finished form) and an inviting all-animal cast featuring platypus cops carrying boomerangs instead of guns add that much. Still, the author has a huge fan following, and patrons may request this. Hints of malfeasance in high places set up a next episode, so there will be more. Grades 4-7. --John Peters

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Platypus Police Squad (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press; 1st edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062071645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062071644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book out loud to my kids. We read a couple of chapters each night, and my oldest (6) always begged for more. She even has a PPS poster above her bed.

In truth, I expected this book to be funny. Call me crazy, but when you stick a weird looking animal into a police uniform and arm him with a boomerang, I expect a few jokes along the way. The book wasn't funny—at least, not in a laugh out loud kind of way. I was disappointed with that at first, but that feeling soon ebbed away. It was a legitimate detective mystery for kids! It was like a Law and Order episode starring platypuses and pandas. It was a real police drama, complete with a missing professor, an illegal fish selling scandal, and some intense chase-down-the-bad-guy scenes. When we got to the last 50 pages or so, my kids wouldn't let me stop reading even though it was WAY past their bedtime. So we finished it off, then analyzed all the characters and discussed who did what and who the bad guy really was and what might happen in book 2.

So as you can see, it's not a bad thing that the book wasn't funny. My kids loved it, I liked it, and we all plan on diving into the second book tomorrow.

On a side note, the author also illustrated oodles of black and white pictures for the interior. His artwork is fantastic and gives the book a little something extra.

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I suppose I should preface this review by admitting that I adore all of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's books and I recommend his amazing TED Talk to people all the time. Simply put, I respect him because his books are fun, he seems like a very engaged, thoughtful guy, and, most importantly, the kids at my library can't get enough of his Lunch Lady graphic novel series! All that said, I obviously picked up his newest offering Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked with high expectations, and, just as I'd hoped, I feel he's written another novel middle grade readers are sure to love!

This first installment in the Platypus Police Squad follows the fresh faced rookie Rick Zengo, newest addition to the Platypus Police Squad, and his partner, O'Malley, an experience detective, as they attempt to solve a case involving a missing schoolteacher and the illegal fish trade. Complications arise when the clues lead Zengo and O'Malley to billionaire businessman - and potential mobster - Frank Pandini Jr.

A play on the partner cop trope, but for a younger set, The Frog Who Croaked is in many ways familiar while simultaneously unique with its animal characters that allow for a silly and fresh take on the jokes one expects in such a formula. Coupled with the intermittent illustrations, Krosoczka's novel has a definite charm and appeal.

I'll definitely be adding The Frog Who Croaked to my library collection and recommending it to readers of the Lunch Lady series. As always, I look forward to seeing what Krosoczka offers his readers next!
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If your kids have an unhealthy obsession with platypuses, they will love this book. Mine did. It doesn't seem accurate to police procedures in any way, but what do you expect from platypuses? There's some good characterization here, but I think the plot could have used a little more tightening up.
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This book has captured and kept the attention of my most struggling readers. We have all fallen in love with the characters. The humor that goes through out the book kept us all laughing.
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EXCELLENT BOOK FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES (8 - 45)! MY SON READ THIS TO ME. HE USED DIFFERENT VOICES FOR ALL THE CHARACTERS AND REALLY BROUGHT EACH OF THEM TO LIFE! WE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH THAT I HAD TO PRE-ORDER THE NEXT PPS BOOK! CAN'T WAIT!
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Rick Zengo was excited. It was his first day for his new job. Zengo was going to be joining Kalamazoo City’s police force, the Platypus Police Squad (PPS for short). He spilled some hot chocolate on his partner in the first hour. On the second hour, they get a case about an illegal fish exchange gone wrong. But, that’s not important. Nope, not at all. We’re talking about Zengo’s first hour at work. So… He spilled some hot chocolate on his grumpy (but kindly) partner, Corey O’Malley, and they both got made fun of by two over-confident platypi detectives (can someone lend a helping mouse? ;) Platypi or platypuses?). It was a perfectly normal hour. Nothing out of the ordinary. No wondering if the local billionaire panda is behind the fish exchange. No fretting over where the school professor was who apparently disappeared at the fish exchange. Not a minute spent over worrying that a night club owned by the billionaire panda is behind the illegal fish market. No pondering how many hot dogs Corey O’Malley can eat at a time. Nope. None of that. Now, on the other hand, about that second hour…

THIS WAS HILARIOUS!!! The title is a wonderfully done pun and a marvelous hooker! The book was well done and was fun to read. I read it in one day. Mr. Krosoczkais a great author who has a way of creating a wacky world that pulls you in and only lets you out when the mystery has been solved. Detective Rick Zengo is a great guy, er… platypus… who tries to do the best he can, even if he messes up sometimes. I love all the goofy characters in the book. This is a fun book! I already read Book 2 (see my review HERE) which prompted me to go back and read book 1. I am glad I did (and obviously you don’t have to read the books in order to enjoy them!)! I am already waiting for the third book…

yup still waiting…

…someone please tell Mr. Krosoczka I’m waiting…

*NOTE I gor a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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