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 have 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.
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