PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD! The Frog Who Croaked! A Dragnet Spin-off!

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Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett Krosoczka
A hysterical Dragnet spin-off!

These are the characters:
An English Professor frog who is targeted by an illegal fish dealer
A young rookie platypus cop who is paired with an veteran platypus cop
A jailed panda mobster's slick son who returns to take control of the city
An aging turtle secretary who can't keep up
A flashy lizard wearing a fedora who pops up everywhere
A kangaroo bouncer
An angry lobster who has to settle for school mascot
A suave young fox who's making moves on an old police platypus's daughter
This is the city.
Kalamazoo City.
The problem?
Synthetic fish.
Who is the illegal fish dealer?
Join the detectives.
Unflappable platypi.
Read the book.
Figure it out.

The story you are about to read is not true.
The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Watch an original Dragnet Show:


In Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett Krosoczka, revives the popular 1950s television show, DRAGNET, in this hysterically punny parody. The characters have been transformed to platypi. Detective Joe Friday has become Detective Rick Zengo, a platypus. Detective Bill Gannon has become Detective Corey O'Malley, an older platypus. While the platypi in new version dress and often sound like the originals, their physical characteristics dictate changes ... instead of occasionally investigating tire tracks on "hands and knees," the new detectives have to use "flippers and knees." They share the universal police concerns for truth, justice, and the American Way. (Oops, sorry, that's Superman, but you get the picture.) You will love this comical satirical police story, the fun of problem solving the unusual mystery, and the anticipation of waiting for Krosoczks's next platyirical book!

The Kids Wings literature guide was written by master teacher Suzy Red and comes to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease in projecting and printing. The ACTIVITIES include:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Who's Who in the Platypus Police Squad, A Logic Puzzle
Research: Platypus
Research: Illegal Drugs
Detective Notes
RESEARCH: Where in the USA is a Model for Kalamazoo City?
The Crime and A Rookie on the Job, A Readers' Theater Introduction
Words that Paint Pictures: Tracking Figures of Speech
Character Studies
5 pages of Chapter Vocabulary and Predict-Read-Confirm
2 pages of Multiple Choice Comprehension
2 pages of Visualizing the Text Comprehension
Crossword Puzzle
3 Drop-down Logic Puzzles
Summarizing, A Cloze Activity
Summarizing in Writing
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Tracking Time, Comparing in the Timeline
9-Page Mock Trial Guide with Witness Statements
Answer Pages

Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format


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