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I was first acquainted with Freddy the pig as a young boy of eight or nine years in about 1959. To my surprise and delight the Freddys the pig stories still delight me after all these years. There was so much wisdom, truth and decency in these simple yet sophisticated stories.
This is just one of the 26 Freddy the Pig books written by Walter R. Brooks between 1927 and 1958. Through his many adventures, Freddy, the "Renaissance Pig" of the Bean Farm in Centerboro, New York, is beset by hilarious villains and assisted by a whole barnyard of unforgettable animal friends. In "Pilot" he takes to the air to save a local circus from a more sinister aerial apparition. The Freddy books were written for children, but they're substantial enough for us grown-ups, too. I first read about Freddy 40 years ago, and I'm not tired of him yet. Easily the Peer of Pooh.
This is another wonderful book in the Freddy the Pig series. I've been reading them aloud to my kids and we all love them so much. They are always some of our favorite reads and I can't recommend them enough.
I knocked off a star because my favorite supporting characters in any Freddy story, Mr. and Mrs. Webb--a happily-married and amazingly resourceful pair of spiders--weren't in this one. Other than that, Walter R. Brooks did his usual masterful job of writing a story that's great for kids and even more fun for adults. I loved these as a child, but I can appreciate the wacky humor better as a grownup.
In this outing, Freddy acquires his own airplane, which he uses to save Boomschmitt's traveling circus from a villain. You gotta love the villains in the Freddy books; and Mr. Boomschmitt is one of the most amiable idiots in literature. But then he only pretends to be an idiot.
These books are good for your soul. Don't miss 'em!
Freddy the Pig and his friends draw our family together - from grandparents, who read aloud, to children of every age, from eleven to eighteen. We gather, curl up on the floor with pillows, and read to each other.