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The Fantastic Flying Bicycle (Freddie Fernortner Fearless First Grader) Paperback – April 30, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Freddie Fernortner Fearless First Grader
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Audio Craft Pr Inc (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893699781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893699786
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Richmond on May 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author of the Freddie Fernortner series visited my 5 year old son's classroom a few weeks ago and the kids had the opportunity to purchase a book, autographed, for $5. Now we have a million books and I don't usually spend more than a dollar a book when I pick them up at garage sales and used book sales. But since the author was coming I thought it would be a good idea to get him at least one book.

I was sure the books would be too advanced for him. He loves picture books and we hadn't tried chapter books with him yet.

So the book arrived and we gave it a whirl. I read it to him at bedtime. This book, book #1.

He wouldn't let me stop reading! And he is completely hooked. We just finished book 3 and are waiting for books 4, 5 and 6 to arrive so we can continue on.

The books are fun and exciting at a 5 year old level. Nothing too hard to follow. A picture every so often, which he likes to see.

The chapters each end with a cliffhanger, which (I warn you sleepy parents) makes them want to KEEP READING! "Just one more chapter, PLEASE?!" he begs. I've figured out that if I actually want to stop for the night I have to stop reading just before the end of the chapter and leave the cliffhanger sentences out.

This is a sign of a good book :) The second book is a little scary and the third is about ghosts and haunted houses, and I was worried about him having nightmares or being afraid after reading them. But he seemed to be appropriately scared (curling up next to me and closing his eyes really tight during the scary parts) while still wanting me to "KEEP READING!" He was excited! A little scared but in an excited way.

Great series. Fun, quick reads, exciting and suspenseful and without any questionable material. Great for a first grader, or even a kindergartner in my case. Recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom to 2 Boys on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
My son received the first four books in the Frededie Fernortner series for his 6th birthday and we ended up ordering the whole set. The books are written for kids ages 5-8 years old and the chapters always end with a hanging question making the child want to read the next chapter.

The main character, Freddie Fernortner, his 2 neighbors, Darla and Chipper, and his cat have an idea to make a flying bicycle. They are successful, but then have a problem getting the flying bicycle down. Each chapter tells part of the adventure with creative solutions to solve the problem but then other problems surface. The creative story weaves humor at a child's level into the story -- my son was frequently laughing at some of the more silly parts of the book.

As a parent, what I like about this series is that the kids use their imagination and are active in the story. There are often words that my child doesn't know so it gives me the opportunity to help him learn new vocabulary. Best of all, he can't wait to read every night before bedtime and always wants to eek out an extra chapter. To date, we've read the first 8 books and are halfway through book 9. I do recommend buying them in order as occasionally, the stories will refer back to an adventure in a previous book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deacon Brodie on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first books that I read aloud with my six-year-old daughter, who was already an avid reader of the Junie B. Jones series. She wanted a diversion from this series, so we turned to Freddie on a whim.

To begin with, this book (and I believe all of the others so far)is about the title character, who is a first-grader and his two friends, Darla and Chip, and Freddie's gum-chewing cat, Mr. Chewy. This particular book is about how the threesome creates--with stunning (and yet implausible) engineering skills--a flying bicycle. The bike carries them all over their hometown and beyond, and each chapter ends with a hair-raising cliff-hanger, that is always resolved in the next few paragraphs of the follwing chapter.

On the good side, Jonathan Rand truly has a way with the pacing of his story, and all of his years writing the "American" and "Michigan Chillers" series pays off in his ability to create a suspenseful tone. Rand is able to keep young readers on the edge of their seats without giving them true scares to keep them up at night.

My complaint about the book (and let it be said it's MY complaint-not my daughter's) is that first of all, the cliffhangers and the plot in general tend to be rather predictable, even for a moderately savvy young reader. More importantly, however, is the problem of characterization. Freddie, Darla, and Chip are all interchangeable, with very little distinction making them realistic first-graders. (Perhaps this is because my daughter loves the Junie B. Jones series, which is right-on when it comes to nailing the personality and dialogue of first-graders and characterization in general.)

All in all, Freddie Fernortner is a fun diversion for your child, perhaps especially for reluctant readers who are seeking nothing but plot, but if you're seeking a classic children's book in the making, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. ODonnell on November 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
These books are terrific books! My boys LOVE the stories and there is a "cliff hanger" at the end of each chapter. They hate to have to stop reading (or me reading it to them) at night to go to bed! A MUST HAVE in your child's collection!
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