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Freddy and the French Fries #1: : Fries Alive! (Freddy and the French Fries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2005
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Freddy is trying to help break his family out of their obscure rut by building an award winning float for the Pookesville Founder's Day Parade. If he can do it, perhaps their floundering family restaurant - that offers healthy food compared to the burger stand across the street owned by the Spanker family - might take off. A large task considering the Spankers ALWAYS win the float contest. But if Freddy has anything to say about it, they won't win this year! With the aid of Howie Kapowie, his one and only friend in town who seems solely to care about eating cheese cubes, they have very little chance. And with Adam Spanker (the town hooligan) always on their heels, things look even bleaker.
Can Freddy do it?
Not on his own. And he knows it. So he rigs up a contraption of nanotechnology mixed with super-secret potatoes, and an interesting accident occurs. When lightning strikes the potatoes, they turn into living, breathing, talking ...uh ...spuds. Fries alive! And now with Theodore, Wally, Curly, Si, and Meese, the town of Pookesville is in for an amazing surprise ...and so is the rival Spanker family. Can a misfit family use its brains to beat the brawn of the town?Read more ›
Nine-year-old science whiz Freddy Funkhouser is having a lousy time of it lately. His father, an inventor is on a losing streak; none of his inventions are making any money. On top of that, the family restaurant, the Burger Castle, is not making any money with their healthy food offerings. Bully Adam Spanker (his family owns the successful restaurant, Patty Cakes) continues to be Freddy's worst nightmare. And then there is the sister who wants to be an actress.
Freddy is determined to help his family by building a spectacular float for the Pookesville Founder's Day Parade. It might bring the family business out of obscurity and actually make it a money-making proposition. The problem is that the Spankers always win the contest.
But Freddie has some special ideas he's putting into play. And with the help of his only friend, Howie Kapowie, there just might be a way for Freddie to use his intellect and science to win the day. Can Freddy save the day? Not without his super-powered spuds!
Armchair Interviews says: Younger children will have a great deal of fun with Freddy, Howie Kapowie, and the super-powered spuds. It's an exciting story and just silly enough to grab their attention.
Unless you consider Si and Meese...
Warning, this review is written by an adult, and I had great fun reading the book. So, if you have children who read, let them read this book. It is fun, it is silly, it is good. So, let your child read the book. If they do, they will find out that family is best, even if she is an older sister, and that parents are important. Oh, and, the younger brother ...well... he should have had more parental and sisterly guidance, but he did the job.
Congrats to younger brothers everywhere.
The short chapters are great for short attention spans and for filling unexpected short periods of found time. Baldacci ends each chapter with a hint of things to come, a great motivator for juvenile readers or even and adult Potato Head.
The vocabulary is simple enough to be comfortable for young readers, yet brainy characters like Freddy and crinkle cut fry Theodore challenge better readers with their expanded vocabulary and words such as conundrum, posthaste, neuromuscular, nanotechnology, and spontaneous elemental combustion. The challenging vocabulary words are widely sprinkled through the pages like lightly salted fries.
The generous use of mildly taboo words such as fart, vomit, and poop appeals to young, male readers and keeps their interest.
Freddy is the ultimate underdog, undersized, brainy, and bespectacled, who triumphs over big, formidable, dumb enemies. In the end, friendship, good, and intelligence win.
Curly, the curly fry, speaks with unspaced words muchlikeIamtypingnow. Every bit of dialogue by Curly is a puzzle beggingtobesolved.
The numbers of each chapter are shaped with fries, a clever touch.
Minor Nit Picks
At first I had a hard time keeping the names of the fries straight. Their pictures and names on the back cover were extremely helpful.
I was surprised to find a handful of grammatical errors in the text, but any reader in the target audience most likely wouldn't notice or care.
Be sure to visit the Freddy and the French Fries web page. It includes detailed character sketches of the fries, related activities, and even a couple arcade style games.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far so good. Still in process of reading to my grandchildren.Published 1 month ago by David N. Westfall
Not what I want my child to read. What ever happened to good stories for children? Too many "modern" stories out therePublished 23 months ago by Kathleen M Fitzgerald
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Gift for our nephew who loves to read. Always enjoy the Baldacci adult books so when learned of this series, had to get!Published on December 11, 2012 by N. Caronna
My son really enjoyed the book. He liked the french fry characters a lot.Published on May 30, 2007 by J. Smith