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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060570105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060570101
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A truly funny story about a [13-year-old] girl who awakens one morning in her mother's body, and'during an incredible day of revelation and opportunity'sees herself as others see her. Fresh, original." -- H. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It's one eye-opening (and hilarious) day for Annabel, who awakens one morning in her mother's body!  Annabel tries to cope with her mother's problems, plunging madly from one disaster to another.  At the end of the day Annabel has learned quite a few valuable lessons, not to mention the renewed respect she has gained for her mother. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I just reread this book last week, and I was on the floor laughing.
Edward Aycock
They could saw Annabel, a stubborn girl totally change in to a love and pretty girl in every person's eyes from her soul to her appearance.
anh tai
This book has to be one of the wittiest stories written for the YA{Young Adult reader}crowd ever.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward Aycock on May 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Contrary to a previous review, I do not consider this a book for babies. I first read this book 20 years ago when I was in the 4th grade, and I enjoyed it. The concept of a daughter waking up in her mother's body is intriguing, and funny. I just reread this book last week, and I was on the floor laughing. Rodgers has written a book that works well with all ages, and I found it even funnier this time around. From the crush on Boris Harris, to the funniest parent-teacher conference ever, this book just moves on and on, and never ceases to be amusing. Even more interesting is the little mystery throughout the book of who is inhabiting Annabel's body that day. As a 4th grader, I loved the premise, as an adult, I love the wordplay, and the whole mixed up situation that allows Annabel to see thw world through an adults eyes. My only real gripe with the book at this point has nothing to do with Rodger;s writing, but rather the cover in paperback. We see Annabel looking in the mirror at a rather frumpish looking mother, which, if you read the book, is not at all how the mother really looks (a better idea is to picture Barbara Harris who plays Mom in the movie, and does seem to resemble the physical characteristics as Rodgers describes them.) If I were not such an advocate of book collecting and preservation, I'd advise you to rip off the cover, but my best advice to you here is to just ignore it. Otherwise, have a great time with this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Annabel thinks that her Mother has the best life ever. She doesn't have to do homework, clean her room, or anything that a teenage girl has to do. So one night, Annabel wishes that she were an adult, namely her Mother, that way she can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants, and no one can tell her different. She never knew that her wish would actually come true. Now she and her Mother have switched places, and Annabel sees how hard it actually is to be an adult, and wishes that she could be a teenager again. The only problem, is that she doesn't know how to switch back.
While this is a fantastic book, everyone must remember that it was published in 1972, so yes, it is a bit outdated. But, quite fun and interesting, nonetheless. FREAKY FRIDAY is a welcome breath of fresh air, in a world filled with young adult books, which contain bad language, and grown-up situations. A must-have for everyone's collection, whether you are a fan of the movie, or not.
Erika Sorocco
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Greenbaum on August 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Annabel Andrews, at age 13, does not like her mother. She doesn't particularly like her little brother Ben, her annoying upstairs neighbor Boris, or herself, either, but she KNOWS she doesn't like her mother. Imagine her shock one morning when she wakes up in her mother's body.
Through an endless day, she must keep house (with uncooperative appliances), do the shopping for two ungrateful kids, ride herd on younger brother Ben, and do all this without ruining her family, her apartment, and without attracting too much attention--especially when she has to attend the sort of parent-teacher conference that she would much rather not hear what is said about her. But at the end of the day, she has a new appreciation for herself, her mother, her brother--and even that annoying kid upstairs!
An absolute delight. None of the endless film adaptations that have used this concept have ever been able to capture the magic of this original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Freaky Friday because it was very comical and it made ordinary things that happen in everyday life seem interesting. At first glance, it looked quite boring, but while reading the summary, I decided that it would definetly give me a good laugh.In the story, thirteen year old Annabel Andrews has a fight with her mother one night, regarding her freedom to take care of herself. With Annabelle claiming that her mother's life is easier, her mother switches their bodies. Annabelle lives a day in the life of her mother and realizes that her mother really has a lot on her mind. During the day, Annabelle goes to a parent-teacher conference regarding herself and is told that she is probably the smartest child any of the teachers have ever encountered, but that she will never amount to anything if she doesn't start applying herself. Also, she grows fonder of her little brother she calls "Ape Face", and sees all the things that her mother risks just to make her happy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "monicap6" on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Freaky Friday is a story about a girl, Annabel that got into a fight with her mom one day about how parents didn't have to do anything, but the kids had to go to school, do their homework, do their chores, etc. The next day, she wakes up to find that she switched bodies with her mother. They have a day or two at this and the whole story is about the way their days went. Annabel's day as her mother went pretty rough. She had to take care of Ape Face, her annoying little brother, and herself, or her mom in her body. She finds out that her mom's life is really hard so both her and her mom's life were actually both similarly hard.
This is one of my better books. I liked the story and the whole idea of switching bodies from the mom to the daughter. I also liked how the book was really kind of meant for girls. This book has some really funny parts in it too. Annabel's life is also pretty cool. She used to have braces but her mom went to the dentist and took it off for her and now the guy she had a crush on likes her back.(Or at least thinks she's pretty.)
My favorite part of this book was the end part of it. I really liked it because it's the part where Annabel makes up some scenarios of what she wished had happened or how she didn't want it to happen. This part was the funniest part. I liked how she had a very creative mind and made up all the scenarios. This part is the best part of the book.
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