Krosoczka, Jarrett Last Panda Standing (Platypus Police Squad #3) 234 pgs. Walden (Harper), 2015. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this third book in the series, Detective Zengo is given the duty of guarding the businessman Frank Pandini Jr, whom, in the past he has seriously distrusted. Pandini is running for mayor. His campaign of improving the community become dangerous when he is attacked by a flying squirrel. Can Zengo do is guarding job while trying to solve the crime? Even worse, the partner he relies on, Detective O’Mally, has been given a new partner, Jo Cooper. Features cartoon like illustrations on many of the pages.
Again, this is a very traditional detective story with high level vocabulary. Because the people were replaced by animals, it makes it more appealing to student readers, but the wrong reading level of student readers. Students that are still into talking animal stories are much younger than this reading level. Now I do get some advanced younger readers, and this would be a great match. This book featured lots of fast paced action, car chases, helicopter scenes and danger.
EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.