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Freddy the Detective Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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The intrigue of Freddy the Detective begins on the Bean Farm (Freddy's upstate New York abode), when a toy train is discovered missing from young Everett Bean's room. Freddy jumps at the chance to prove his sleuth skills: "I'll find that train, you bet! There are a lot of mysteries on a farm like this and I'll solve 'em all!" he proclaims. The pig can't gracefully outfox the rats (and they sing derisive songs about him), but eventually he does solve cases from "The Mystery of Egbert" (about a bunny who'd wandered off from his family) to "The Case of Prinny's Dinner" (about a white woolly dog's missing food). The shenanigans all sound innocent enough, but Brooks is hilariously tongue-in-cheek; his insightful descriptions of animal characters are always compassionate; and his subtle appeal to a child's instinct for justice is no less than masterful. As Adam Hochschild of the New York Times Book Review writes, "The moral center of my childhood universe, the place where good and evil, friendship and treachery, honesty and humbug were defined most clearly, was not church, not school, and not the Boy Scouts. It was the Bean Farm." Welcome back, Freddy! (Ages 9 to 12, but great for reading aloud to younger children.) --Karin Snelson
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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That same boy, now much older, has recently discovered that, far from disappearing from the shelves, Freddy the Pig still is available and is still being read. Curious to see if the magic was still there, this reviewer once again took it home. I am pleased to report that Freddy remains one of Americas greatest heroes.
"Freddy the Detective" is one of the early books in a series that stretches from 1928 to include 25 volumes of delight for both children and the adults they are bringing up. Freddy is not your ordinary barnyard animal. Not only do all the animal's on Mr. Bean's farm talk and help with the chores. Certain of them have taken the trouble to learn to read and write. Freddy's latest conquest is "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and he has decided to become the world foremost porcine investigator.
Freddy, his best friend Jinx the cat, and the sensible Mrs. Wiggins the cow confront many difficult challenges. These include the case of Everett Bean's stolen toy trains, the case of the missing rabbit, the countless plots of Simon the rat and his dishonest clan, and the case of the robbers in the hermit's cabin. And, in a grand finale, Freddy defends Jinx himself from charges of murder. Throughout all of this, our indomitable pig keeps up his plucky attitude.Read more ›
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My wife recently asked me what books I liked as a child, and without hesitation, I said Freddy the Pig. I should note, I am 66. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Howard M. Zaritsky
This series of books have been favorites of my family for years. Good clean fun with interesting characters and plots.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is not a book for little kids. It was recommended for my first grader. It has only a few small illustrations. The language is outdated and I have to explain many of the words. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie
This is an excellent book for children and adults. I read this book as a child and loved it. Reading it as an adult, it really holds up.Published 5 months ago by Joyce
Great book for 10 - 12 years old. Helps develop skills to solve problemsPublished 5 months ago by Jenny S. Hall
takes me back to my childhood, always loved all of the Freddy books!Published 6 months ago by cooking bear
Old book but still a good tail.
I was not able to get the kid to read it, he likes the "comic books" with lots of pictures. Read more