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
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
are the characters.
This is the city.
Who is the illegal fish dealer?
Join the detectives.
Read the book.
Figure it out.
story you are about to read is not true.
The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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!
Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Who's Who in the Platypus Police Squad, A Logic Puzzle
Research: Illegal Drugs
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
5 pages of Chapter Vocabulary and Predict-Read-Confirm
2 pages of Multiple Choice Comprehension
2 pages of Visualizing the Text Comprehension
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
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game
Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is included
in the Kids Wings Trials and Courage Collection
of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level
picture books all on one convenient CD. Included are 848
pages of activities in 22 titles
PLUS 18 "Jeopardy-type"
You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95,
but if you order Trials and Courage Collection,
you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each!
This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities
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