Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing

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Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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?

Learn more about the squad and join the force at the Platypus Police Academy!

About the Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since. He currently has authored and illustrated eighteen published books—ten picture books and eight graphic novels. His Lunch Lady series has twice won a Children's Choice Book Award, in the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year category, and was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. Platypus Police Squad marks Jarrett's chapter book series debut. The other titles in the series include The Frog Who Croaked, The Ostrich Conspiracy, and Never Say Narwhal (coming in May 2016). The series is currently in development as a feature animated film by Walden Media. While Jarrett awaits seeing his work adapted for the silver screen, he can be heard on "The Book Report with JJK," his radio segment on Sirius XM's Kids Place Live. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and daughters and their dogs. Find him online at

Learn more about the squad and join the force at the Platypus Police Academy!

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Listen to Jarrett's TED Talk on How a Boy Became an Artist:

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Listen to Jarrett's TED talk on Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes:

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Hear Jarrett's participation in a symposium on the RELUCTANT READER:

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