The Ostrich Conspiracy (Platypus Police Squad, Book 2)


Rick Zengo is tired of being called "rookie." How would his action-hero movie idol Chase Mercy handle it? All of Kalamazoo was excited that Chase was coming home to shoot his new film at the new Kalamazoo City Dome, a family theme park. There's only one problem - on opening night, someone sabotaged the sKCy Scraper roller coaster! Whoever it was wasn't making it easy on O'Malley or Zengo. Could they get this solved before Chase Mercy called off the filming?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Humor, down-to-earth characters, and good ol' detective work combine in a great story for upper elementary and middle school readers.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

The Ostrich Conspiracy is a fast-paced, action-packed detective novel youngsters will love. The detectives on the Platypus Police Squad are armed with boomerangs, one aspect of the novel that makes it child-friendly. This book will expose elementary and middle school children to detective novels through the cartoon-like characters and fictional setting, leaving out the blood and gore of the more realistic crime novels. This book would be great for children who feel like an underdog, or who are new to a school, as a lesson in perseverance and hard work.

Parent Reaction

The story is funny, but also poignant. Zengo is an "every platypus" character - clever, unsure of himself, and prone to jump to conclusions. The mystery is well presented. There is just enough suspense to keep you reading, but neither scary nor predictable. I highly recommend this as a read-aloud.

Type of Book:
This illustrated chapter book offers a humorous mystery.
Educational Themes:

The story is presented in such a way that you could stop at various points to ask the reader some questions: what facts are known? what is opinion? what do Zengo and O'Malley still need to determine? You might even ask them to predict who the culprit(s) may be.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a story that kids will come back to even after the crime is solved. They'll want to use some of the jokes and wordplay with their peers.

Title The Ostrich Conspiracy

Platypus Police Squad, Book 2

Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Publisher Walden Pond Press © 2014
Illustrators Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ISBN 9780062071668
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.95
Genres Mystery, Humor, Crime
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