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June 1, 2016

Two Platypuses, One Case, Many Laughs…Happy Belly Laugh Day!

It’s time to laugh. In fact, it’s time to laugh hard. Maybe so hard that you’ll even rub your belly. It’s Belly Laugh Day!
Personally I never rub my belly while laughing (even choking with laughter), but I do see the value in it. I do get that kind of straining, jittery, butterfly-like feeling in my abdomen after a serious attack of the laughs. These laughs come hard and swift. The sensation makes me want to rub my belly even if I never do. It makes me want to rub and soothe, to ease the pain of hilarity.

Belly-rubbing kind of goes hand in hand with laughing. Isn’t it good luck to rub the Laughing Buddha’s belly?

Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s illustrated novel Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is our Belly Laugh novel of choice. It made me laugh quite a bit.

The main characters—two duck-billed platypuses—are on-the-case detectives who set out to solve the mysterious murder of a frog. Fittingly enough, they’ve got round bellies themselves. The illustrations are too good, and even though the book is very amusing it still carries a sound crime plot. Set in the city of Kalamazoo, this book is packed with fun rides in the squad car, investigations down at the dock, and the iron will of two platypus detectives who, above all else, are determined to solve the case.

Remember: hilarity can hurt sometimes. Laugh responsibly. Rub your belly.

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is available now online or in our January 4th and 5th Graders flyers.



Bio on Author: Jamie is a Scholastic Reading Club blogger who likes to laugh and laughs a lot.

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