Last Panda Standing
Last Panda Standing

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Series: Platypus Police Squad Vol. 3   

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Annotation: When Detective Rick Zengo is assigned to protect a Kalamazoo City mayoral candidate, he struggles to investigate mysterious threats without the help of his partner, O'Malley, who has been assigned to work with rookie Jo Cooper.
Catalog Number: #107898
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 234 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-207168-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90017-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-207168-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90017-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014949451
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Veteran platy-cop Corey O'Malley and hotshot rookie Rick Zengo temporarily split assignments when smooth-talking tycoon and mayoral candidate Frank Panini Jr. is repeatedly assaulted by masked squirrels. Could Panini's smooth campaign promise to eliminate nuts from Kalamazoo City's school and restaurant menus be a shell game? Joined by competent new colleague Jo Cooper, the billed boomerang wielders ultimately crack the case so they think. Signaling future episodes, Krosoczka dishes up a nutty twist in the final scene of this heavily illustrated caper.
Horn Book
The Platypus Police Squad is on the case again in this third mystery set in animal-inhabited Kalamazoo City. When a mayoral candidate, Frank Pandini, is attacked by boomerang, hardboiled platypus detective Rick Zengo is hired as the panda's bodyguard. Most of the fun lies in the old-fashioned crime-fighting tropes and silly gags. Black-and-white cartoons add to the charm.
School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;5&12; Krosoczka brings his trademark whimsy to this animal-studded police procedural. The Platypus Police Squad faces yet another adventure when Detective Rick Zengo is tasked with protecting the life of mayoral candidate Frank Pandini Jr., who was recently attacked&12;and finding out who's to blame. With detective lingo, standard genre tropes, stock characters, and chapter headings with times and locations &4; la Law &; Order , this light take on the hardboiled mystery is perfect for future fans of the genre.
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School Library Journal (3/1/15)
Word Count: 29,597
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 176262 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 750L

From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett's own Lunch Lady series.

The Kalamazoo City mayoral race is heating up, and Frank Pandini Jr. has been threatened by a mysterious assailant. He requests a special Platypus Police Squad protection detail: Detective Rick Zengo. This leaves O'Malley to be partnered up with Jo Cooper, the newest detective on the force. Can Zengo get to the bottom of the attacks—without O'Malley backing him up?

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