Last Panda Standing

illus. by Jarett J. Krosoczka. 256p. (Platypus Police Squad: Bk. 3). ebook available. HarperCollins/Walden Pond. May 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780062071682.
Gr 3–5—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—and finding out who's to blame. With detective lingo, standard genre tropes, stock characters, and chapter headings with times and locations à la Law & Order, this light take on the hardboiled mystery is perfect for future fans of the genre.
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.

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