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Before chapter books and easy-to-read books, children made the transition from picture books to novels through the liberally illustrated, episodic adventures of engaging characters. Many children of the '30s, '40s, and '50s learned to love reading because of Freddy the Pig and his Bean Farm friends, 26 animal fantasies written by Brooks and illustrated by Wiese. In his introduction, Cart concludes that "[Wiese's] pictures do more than simply illustrate the words of the text; they expand them and immeasurably enrich the reader's experience of the books." This 75th-anniversary volume includes 200 illustrations and text fragments from the books, supported by Cart's assessment. The topical organization-disguises, moods, food, villains, etc.-cuts across the art published between 1927 and 1958, so the variations of line and Freddy's shifting "maturity" add interest to the large, open page design. A 24-page color section showcases the cover art for each title. There is no list of sources for each selection, no analysis of Wiese's style, and no essay of historical context. Rather, as Cart says, this book is, "simply put, a feast for the eye." The "Freddy" books are now back in print, so there will be both old and new fans interested in this celebration, but this book also has a place in academic libraries serving students of illustration and the history of children's literature.
Sue Burgess, Framingham State College, MA
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About the Author

Walter R. Brooks (1886-1958) was born in Rome, New York. He worked for several magazines including The New Yorker and his short stories were published in the Saturday Evening Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire ."Ed Takes the Pledge" was the basis for the 1960s television series, Mr. Ed but Brooks’s most lasting achievement is the Freddy the Pig series, which began in 1927 with To and Again (Freddy Goes to Florida). He subsequently wrote twenty-five more delightful books starring Freddy, "that charming, ingenious pig" (The New York Times).

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Freddy Books
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Juvenile; First Edition edition (December 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585673153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585673155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Freddy the Pig was a creation of Walter Brooks, who wrote the text and Kurt Wiese, who did the illustrations. Freddy appeared in a set of 29 books written for children and this book is a selection of illustrations and captions from those books. Freddy is a classic character that engages in a great deal of actions and adventures.
In some captions, he is more human than pig, yet in others he reverts back to his natural state of being a barnyard animal. A wide and imaginative set of characters are in supporting roles and most of them are also animals that move back and forth from their natural animal state to a human-like existence. There are a few humans and sometimes the adults are disbelieving of what the animals do when exhibiting their human-like traits, although the children consider it natural. Throughout it all, the animals do things that children do when playing, which is one of the most charming aspects of the Freddy characters.
The first Freddy book was published in 1927, so several generations of children have passed since then. However, these books are timeless, so I can strongly recommend that you expose your children to the magic of Freddy and his friends.
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By Larkspur on March 8, 2013
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I accidently stumbled across this book and being a "Freddy the Pig" fan.....I LOVE IT!

If illustrations are one of the reasons you love books, this is a must have!
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