From Publishers Weekly
The kickoff trio of books by Walter L. Brooks unite in one weighty volume, covered in a porcine pink dust jacket: The Freddy Anniversary Collection, illus. by Kurt Wiese. These first three books in the 26-book series published between 1927 and 1958 preserve Wiese's original line drawings throughout, which plays up the vintage look: Freddy Goes to Florida (originally published as To and Again); Freddy Goes to the North Pole (nee More To and Again); and Freddy the Detective. The embossed cover features insets of Wiese's original jacket art.
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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 then a staff writer for several magazines, including The New Yorker
. The short stories he wrote during this time were published in The Saturday Evening Post
, The Atlantic Monthly
, and Esquire
. Brooks's short story "Ed Takes the Pledge" was the basis for the 1960s television series Mr. Ed, but his 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