It was a Friday afternoon. I got wind from Kellie at Walden Pond Publishing that something was going down in Dedham, Massachusetts at Blue Bunny Books. She warned me that similar suspicious activities had been happening there as it is owned by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds of Ish and The Dot. Something involving Jarrett Krosoczka Playtpus Police Squad. I was intrigued. And wary. You can’t be too careful!
What do you think? Is this a crime scene?! The caution tape is certainly suspicious!
Why is there cake involved? And who were these two guys on the cake? Did they commit the crime?
No, it wasn’t the platypuses. They turned out to be the good guys. Maybe it’s this guy then! Do you know who he is?
Or do you think these lunch ladies look suspicious? They did bring in milk and cookies though. Did you figure out that it’s author Jarrett Krosoczka that is holding the milk and cookies?
That isn’t a crime. Is the Lunch Lady and her sidekick Betty involved somehow? Are they in trouble? Maybe they are here incognito in the blue uniforms. I’m not sure.
Perhaps this video will give us a clue. Jarrett gives some history as to how this crime scene began, a long time ago, as the result of a school visit gone awry when he was getting Punk Farm published.
It turns out a mere kid planted the seed for this crime scene. Probably someone like you, kid.
Yeah, I know you’re there. Were you the one who did it?
At last, the clues add up. The crime? You’ll learn more if you listen to Jarrett reading chapter three of his latest chapter book mystery for kids. It has to do with synthetic fish that is making everyone sick. Hope you are not affected!
Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett Krosoczka
This is a mystery chapter book for boys and girls who like crime chapter books set in a city populated by anthropomorphic animals of all stripes: platypus detectives, a frog teacher gone missing, and a powerful business man/panda. Zengo and O’Malley, two mismatched detectives are on the case that smells of rotten fish. Illegal synthetic fish that is. Can they put aside their differences to get to the bottom of this crime that seems to involve everyone they know?
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