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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
The humor in the books is appropriate for children and adults (which is why so many adults still read them).
The point is that humans and animals have their own fixed roles in Brooks' world, and for kids this is very easy to understand.
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.
The Freddy books should be on your bookshelf, right next to your other vintage treasures. I cannot count the times I laughed while reading this book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by In the Bookcase
Freddy the Detective
This is the third book in the Freddy the Pig Saga following Freddy Goes to the North Pole (Freddy Books). Read more
This book was purchased for a child being home schooled, and he loved it. The story kept him glued to the pages, and his mom had no problem with his completing his lessons.Published 10 months ago by S. Johnson
Like many of the current reader reviewers of the Freddy the Pig books, I read them first as a child back when they could still be found on library shelves. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Moore
I read this in my youth, and had fond memories. I was proven right, Brooks was a great author for children. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Gilstrap
Freddy the Detective is one of the best books in the series. Freddy the Magician and Freddy Goes to Florida are a close second. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr Who
My son, who is in 1st grade, had to get this book for a book report. I had to read it to him as he is not advanced in his reading enough to read it on his own. Read morePublished 12 months ago by brit25us
I grew up on Freddy the Pig. In fact, it was the Freddy books that made me want to become a writer. The humor in the books is appropriate for children and adults (which is why so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Cunningham
I read Freddy the Detective when I was in elementary school, and though I don't remember much about it now, I do remember loving it at the time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan Hughes