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

19 May

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 haveΒ 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.

31 Responses to “Book Review! The Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy by Jarrett J. Krosoczka”

  1. julie rowan zoch May 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

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


  2. Michelle Isenhoff May 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    I give it five stars just for it’s title! πŸ™‚


  3. jama May 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    The animal characters sound so fun and interesting. Can’t say I’ve read many stories featuring platypusses (platypusi?) More than one platypus. πŸ˜€ 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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      The Plural Platypus Police Squad is great for young kids! πŸ˜‰ I think you would like it. πŸ™‚


  4. ontheplumtree May 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

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


  5. Angela Brown May 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    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. clarbojahn May 20, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    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. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      It also makes it easier for you to make someone suspicious (example – if a person has a cupboard full of lettuce, it’s strange, but nothing more. Now, if it was an octopus… πŸ˜‰ ). I like that. πŸ™‚


  7. readingwithrhythm May 20, 2014 at 7:52 am #

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


  8. Lynn A. Davidson May 20, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    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. πŸ™‚


  9. writersideup May 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

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


  10. Patricia Tilton May 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    What a great cover and title. Great review!


  11. Elle Carter Neal May 21, 2014 at 7:49 am #

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


  12. heylookawriterfellow May 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

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


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Hmmm… Secret agents rock, but so do boomerang-throwing billed-mammal policemen… So… It’s a tie! πŸ˜€


  13. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    That does seem like a very Elvis-Presley-like-platypus! πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Maybe in hair-do, but not in to-do! (I know that sounds horrible. Just nod and smile like you know what I’m talking about..) πŸ˜‰



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