Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy

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From the files of the Platypus Police Squad

Case #1644
Detectives of record: Rick Zengo and Corey O'Malley

Case brief: The opening of the Kalamazoo City Dome—the world's largest indoor/outdoor amusement complex—has everyone in the city buzzing, especially because it's going to be the shooting site for Chase Mercy's new blockbuster film. But that's when things start to go ...

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Overview

From the files of the Platypus Police Squad

Case #1644
Detectives of record: Rick Zengo and Corey O'Malley

Case brief: The opening of the Kalamazoo City Dome—the world's largest indoor/outdoor amusement complex—has everyone in the city buzzing, especially because it's going to be the shooting site for Chase Mercy's new blockbuster film. But that's when things start to go haywire, and Mayor Saunders suspects foul play. Who would want to sabotage the Dome, and why?

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Editorial Reviews

Dav Pilkey
“These duck-billed detectives really deliver!”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
This book isn't nearly as odd as it sounds. The detectives in Kalamazoo City are platypuses, and the mayor is an ostrich, but other than that, this is a standard-issue police story. Detective Zengo is an eager, young member of the police squad (everyone calls him "rookie" or "slugger"), and his partner, O'Malley, is a hardened member of the force who says things like, "Not sure if you're old enough to ride, slugger" (ouch). The squad even wears sunglasses, like the detectives on TV. That's not to say that the book will ever be confused for a modern-day version of Dragnet. The case involves a burning amusement park and a movie star. But in spite of the quirks, the mystery is a boilerplate sort of investigation. The dialogue is hardly ever more interesting than "…you guys go check out the administration offices on the other side of the park." The mystery might not be startling, but it's never predictable, either. Almost every character is a legitimate suspect, right up until the end. As training wheels for the police procedural, kids could do a lot worse. Retailers won't need to stock up on sunglasses or platypus dolls, but readers will keep turning pages up to the last chapter, and quite a few of them will be ready, immediately, for the next volume. (Mystery. 8-12)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 3–5—A pair of odd-couple detectives are out to crack the case in this second book in the series. The mayor of Kalamazoo City has just opened what he hopes to be his crowning achievement—the Kalamazoo Dome—a state of the art indoor/outdoor amusement park. But opening night is a complete disaster. Who's to blame? Is it the mayor? Suspicious business mogul Frank Pandini, Jr.? Or someone with an even higher profile? Detectives Corey O'Malley and Rick Zengo are determined to track down the culprit. The pacing is steady, with periods of dialogue broken up with bursts of action. Characters are mostly types, in keeping with the style of the genre. There are some fairly sophisticated concepts of back-room political maneuvering and the effects of an amusement park on local business sprinkled into the story that may go over some readers' heads. Black-and-white spot illustrations appear on nearly every other page, often highlighting action or dramatic moments. Give this to readers who like their detective stories with a light touch.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062071668
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 133,018
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I have not read the first book in this series, but after reading

    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.
    *NOTE I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    This is the second book in the Platypus Police Squad series,

    This is the second book in the Platypus Police Squad series, and it has just as much mystery and action as the first. I read both books to my daughter and she loved them. She keeps asking if there is another one.

    In this installment, Zengo and O'Malley are out to discover who sabotaged the opening night of Kalamazoo City's newest attraction. They follow the clues, have a few action packed chases, and even have some well-timed rescues. These two platypus detectives are a heap of fun to read about. I would recommend this series to kids ages 8-12 that like mysteries, cops, and detective work.

    These books have great characters, solid writing, and plenty of action to keep kids glued to the page. The illustrations are plentiful and add just the right amount of visual for the age group.

    Content: Clean

    Source: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

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