Book Review! The Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

orstrichThe Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy
Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
240 pages – ages 8+
Series: Platypus Police Squad
Published by Walden Pond Press on May 6, 2014

Platypus detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley are on the case! When a newly built super-amusement park in Kalamazoo City goes through a strange power-outage, sabotage is suspected. The mishaps at the amusement park threaten to derail plans to haveย Chase Mercy’s new blockbuster film made at the park too! As their investigation unfolds they come up with many questions. One being, why are all the people hired to work at the park from Kalamazoo City’s rival, Walhalla City? The Platypus Police Squad will get to the bottom of this mystery!

I have not read the first book in this series, but after reading this one, I’m going to pick it up. I love that the characters are animals. I think animal characters leave more room for humor and Mr. Krosoczka takes advantage of that (for example, a walrus owns a contractor company, and chameleon runs a newspaper). The book is hilarious. The story is well written and the plot is solid. There are black and white sketchy illustrations scattered throughout the book that breaks the text up and add to the story. They also make it more funny (if that is possible)! I also like that, in this book series, Mr. Krosoczka doesn’t have guns. The replacement is a boomerang. I think that that is great because, a) boomerangs are cool, and b) it makes the book more appropriate for younger kids.

I give “The Ostrich Conspiracy” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out more about the book and download some great activities at the publisher’s website HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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31 replies

  1. I think I must have a look into this conspiracy thing! Lol!

  2. I give it five stars just for it’s title! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The animal characters sound so fun and interesting. Can’t say I’ve read many stories featuring platypusses (platypusi?) More than one platypus. ๐Ÿ˜€ And boomerangs! Great point about it being appropriate for younger kids too without guns in the story. Hadn’t heard of this series. I’m intrigued!

  4. Great to have animals as main characters. Looks like fun.

  5. I’m a big fan of Perry the platypus from Phineus and Ferb so this series sounds like a great one to get a hold of. Thanks for the review.

  6. I’ll have to pick this one up. I like that the characters are animals, also, Erik. Seems to leave more room for humor. Animals can do things people can’t. Thanks for sharing this book with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That’s funny! Platypus and ostriches! what a combo!

  8. Great review! If the animals can use boomarangs they are very adept as well as smart. It takes skill to throw a boomarang properly for it to come back to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Every time I see this platypus, I laugh ๐Ÿ™‚ Jarrett J. Krosoczka is so talented. Nice 5-out-of-5, Erik ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. What a great cover and title. Great review!

  11. Love the expressions on their bills ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks and sounds like the series is worth checking out. Platypodes are such cool creatures.

  12. I need a ruling: Who is cooler, a Platypus Policeman or Phineas and Ferb’s Perry?

  13. That does seem like a very Elvis-Presley-like-platypus! ๐Ÿ™‚


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