Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked, by Jarrett Krosoczka

Frog Who CroakedSummary:  This mystery features platypus police detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley.   When a call comes in about a crime down at the docks involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag full of illegal fish, Zengo and O’Malley are going to have to learn to set their differences aside if they want to get to the bottom of this.

HarperCollins

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3 thoughts on “Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked, by Jarrett Krosoczka

  1. This book was a humorous novel about 2 platypuses, an experienced old timer, and a rookie. They settle their differences, and work on a crime together. The rookie and the old timer must get to the bottom of who was dealing the synthetic fish. The interesting thing about this book, was that the author portrayed real world events in a comical way. For example, synthetic fish represented drugs, the platypuses represented our detectives, and the Panda, Pandini, represented corrupt businessmen. The author was basing the story on real world events. Also, I think the story would have had more appeal to older readers, if the characters were human. There was a lot of good character development going on, so I liked that.

    Cons: The author was being too descriptive in the beginning. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it made it seem slow paced. Towards the end, a lot of that was gone.

    The story had a short “middle”. In this book, the introduction was a little on the long side, and the end was also kind of long. The middle, however seemed to be shorter. This was unlike the book “Son”, where it had a thick, juicy middle, but a short ending.

    This book was a great book for grades 4-7, and a fun read. Unfortunately, it had some of its weak points, so it is not number one on my list, but I will consider it for distinguised writing.

    If someone else decides to read this book, I highly suggest that they look at it from a younger reader’s perspective, and not think that it is silly or such for having animals as characters.

  2. Not particularly distinguished writing, but this book had much action, and everyone’s favorite characters, platypi.

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