Freddy the Detective Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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The intrigue of Freddy the Detective begins on the Bean Farm (Freddy's upstate New York abode), when a toy train is discovered missing from young Everett Bean's room. Freddy jumps at the chance to prove his sleuth skills: "I'll find that train, you bet! There are a lot of mysteries on a farm like this and I'll solve 'em all!" he proclaims. The pig can't gracefully outfox the rats (and they sing derisive songs about him), but eventually he does solve cases from "The Mystery of Egbert" (about a bunny who'd wandered off from his family) to "The Case of Prinny's Dinner" (about a white woolly dog's missing food). The shenanigans all sound innocent enough, but Brooks is hilariously tongue-in-cheek; his insightful descriptions of animal characters are always compassionate; and his subtle appeal to a child's instinct for justice is no less than masterful. As Adam Hochschild of the New York Times Book Review writes, "The moral center of my childhood universe, the place where good and evil, friendship and treachery, honesty and humbug were defined most clearly, was not church, not school, and not the Boy Scouts. It was the Bean Farm." Welcome back, Freddy! (Ages 9 to 12, but great for reading aloud to younger children.) --Karin Snelson
About the Author
Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, New York on January 9, 1886, and died in Roxbury, New York on August 17, 1958. Brooks attended the University of Rochester and, after graduation, worked for the American Red Cross and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He became associate editor of Outlook in 1928 and subsequently was a staff writer for several magazines, including The New Yorker. The short stories he began writing at this time were published in The Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire. Brooks's short story "Ed Takes the Pledge" was the basis for the 1950s television series Mr. Ed, but his most lasting achievement is the Freddy the Pig series, which began in 1928 with To and Again (Freddy Goes to Florida). He subsequently wrote twenty-five more delightful books starring "that charming ingenious pig" (The New York Times), all of which are now available from The Overlook Press.
Kurt Wiese (1887-1974) illustrated over 300 children’s book and wrote and illustrated another 20 books. He received two Newbery Awards and two Caldecott Honor Book Awards.
- Publisher : Overlook Press; 1st edition (September 15, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 087951809X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0879518097
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.33 x 1.04 x 8.03 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're looking for something deep and philosophical you are in the wrong place. If you want something fun to read, and maybe even read with your kids, you won't do better than this.
This is the third book in the Freddy the Pig Saga following Freddy Goes to the North Pole (Freddy Books) . The first book in this series is Freddy Goes to Florida (Freddy the Pig) . After reading a book about Sherlock Homes, the famous detective, Freddy decides to become a detective. It seems simple enough; all he has to do is find the "bad guy". Eventually he figures out that finding the bad guy isn't enough, he then, needs to capture or arrest them and then have a system of jurisprudence to adjudicate them, In case you are not familiar with Freddy, please order Freddy the Pig and catch up. If you go to Amazon's Listmania and key in "WALTER R. BROOKS, FREDDY THE PIG BOOKS" you'll get my list of twenty-seven Freddy books.
It is my understanding that Disney was all set to make a movie about Freddy and then changed their mind at the last hour for that Winnie character.
Eventually Freddy organizes an election where the Charles, the Roster is elected Judge.
Freddy, also, establishes a portion of the barn as a jail. The jail becomes so entertaining that the Judge sentences himself to serve time for a long forgotten pseudo crime (Freddy believes it is just to get away from his wife). This has a semi-serious side to it. Are prisons so nice that they do not "punish anymore? I actually had a young man tell me that he would NOT mind being in prison, you got to sleep late, didn't have to go to school, got to shoot some hoops, watch HBO on a big screen TV, etc.
On one of his cases Freddy discovers that some bank robbers are staying at a hermit's house. Those bank robbers play an important role in the story eventually.
I highly recommend this series for those interested in an anthropomorphic series setting with other very interesting characters.
The next book in this series is The Story of Freginald .
Gunner June, 2014
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Guess what? He loved it! The characters are well drawn, full of foibles. These circa 1930s stories will hold up for a long time. Couldn't wait for the next chapter, and now we're done. Wants more Freddy stories.So, on their way.
Just one negative - there's a touch of anti-semitism in this book, since the villainous rats in one sub-plot all have Jewish names and are burdened with the usual nasty character stereotypes. Otherwise nothing overtlly anti-semetic, No mention of "Jews" or "Jewish." For most youngsters, I doubt they'll make the connection. Was never influenced this way as a kid myself. Don't recall this being a trend in the Freddy series, which are otherwise really, really good.