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Freddy the Detective Hardcover – September 15, 1997


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"Oh, I am the King of Detectives, / And when I am out on the trail / All the animal criminals tremble, / And the criminal animals quail..." boasts Freddy, the poetry-prone, Sherlock Holmes-obsessed pig who stars in Walter R. Brooks's beloved series. From 1927 to 1958, Brooks wrote 26 Freddy books--including Freddy Goes to Florida--all focused on the well-rounded pig, who has been described by various fans as ingenious, intelligent, loyal, and resourceful. Since Brooks's books fell out of print, librarians across the country have scrounged up copies wherever possible, even resorting to photocopying the books and binding them with hockey-stick tape! To the delight of thousands, the fabulous Freddy books have been reprinted by Overlook Press!

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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Available for the first time in paperback, Freddy the Pig stars in two adventures. In the first, fresh from reading about Sherlock Holmes, Freddy is drafted to solve several disappearances on Bean farm. In the second, the porcine hero and his friends escape the drafty barn for a vacation in sunny Florida. Ages 9-12. (July)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press; Reissue edition (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780879518097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879518097
  • ASIN: 087951809X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The humor in the books is appropriate for children and adults (which is why so many adults still read them).
Andrew Cunningham
The point is that humans and animals have their own fixed roles in Brooks' world, and for kids this is very easy to understand.
E. R. Bird
I was so happy to see these books back in print, that I had to buy this one, which is one of the best in the series.
Mark H. Drought

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 14, 2001
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A long time ago (as people count these things) a somewhat overweight, near-sighted 8-year old boy wandered up to the young readers section of his local library and took down a strange volume entitled "Freddy the Detective." To be frank, the boy had only just realized that there were books to read beyond Dick and Jane. Bored, he took the book back home and discovered an entirely new world. And changed his life forever.
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers here, I grew up on Freddy books more decades ago than I care to remember. They were always entertaining, they were frequently exciting, and most of the time they were not only funny, they were thigh-slappingly, guffaw-inducingly hilarious. In fact, they were so amusing that I was unaware at the time that I was getting lessons on kindness, responsibility and all of the values that many authorities are now saying that we as a nation lack. In spite of a few stereotypes (the Irish cop with a thick brogue, etc.) and a few situations that show the Freddy books were supposed to take place in a less complicated time, I have found that when read aloud to today's generation, the books are as appreciated by them as by me and my contemporaries. I had the pleasure of reading them to my two children (until they took them away from me and read the books themselves) and my grandchildren (ditto). Freddy the Detective is one of the best Freddy books in setting the scene of the Bean farm, delineating the characters, and showing how much funnier these animals are than Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and all the other cartoon characters on television. Not all of the many Freddy books are as outstanding as Freddy the Detective, Freddy the Politican, Freddy the Magician, and Freddy Goes Camping, but they still beat a lot of the children's books that are out there today.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Freddy the Pig adventures are almost unique in children's literature. Few series, whether for children or adults are so full of the sense of community, and the character's place in that community than the Freddy books are. I've just reread six of them (two aloud) with my children. I'm amazed to find that you can read this series, end to end, in much the same way that you would read Trollope's Barchester novels, or Anthony Powell's Dance---as life caught in microcosm, studied, and loved and laughed at, and to hell with the fact that these are animals. I step off the subway each day and enter an office that is remarkably like Freddy's world, except we have few adventures. These are great books and I hope the publisher will find a ready audience for them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's a good book because Eddie finds dogs and his friend Annie Pat paints them for 50 cents. This was the first book I ever read with over 100 pages in it. I read it when I was 7 and now I'm almost 9. I've read 6 Eddie books, almost 7.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on September 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
As of now, I am almost 14, but only this past summer did I read this, my first FREDDY book, when my mom showed it to me in the library. I am very glad I didn't turn it down! In several hilarious adventures, Freddy the pig, the Sherlock Holmes of Bean Farm, recovers a stolen toy train, deals with a gang of rats, finds a missing bunny (though he doesn't realize it at first) and even thwarts a pair of real-life bank robbers without saying a word (with the help of some old clothes)! A must-read for the young or young at heart.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for Christmas and this book looked like it would be to long because I have read a ton of The Boxcar Children books but I just loved this book! I got three of the books from my parents. In this book Freddy becomes a dective, like Sherlock Holmes and with the help from his friends he solves cases, builds a "prison" for guilty animals. Charles the rooster is named judge. The twelve chapters and 264 pages are extremely interesting! I found out that this book wasn't as long as it looked. This is an interesting book. "MUST READ!"
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