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Freddy and the Perilous Adventure Hardcover – October 29, 2001
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About the Author
Walter R. Brooks (1886-1958) is the beloved author of 26 books about Freddy the Pig. He edited for magazines, including The New Yorker. In addition to the Freddy books, Brooks created the character of Mr. Ed the Talking Horse.
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All is not lost by any means. Freddy talks a friendly bald eagle into bringing them a food basket from the Bean kitchen, they weather a stormy night, and see some splendid scenery. Eventually, as all things do, the balloon descends enough for Freddy to get it down. Freddy leaves the ducks with the balloon and, after borrowing a tuxedo from a scarecrow, heads off to investigate. He soon discovers that the worst has happened. Mr. Golcher, infuriated at the loss of his balloon has accused Freddy of stealing it and the police of several counties are trying to capture the pig and bring him to justice. It will take all of Freddy's vast imagination and the help of both the Bean animals and the entire Boomschmidt Circus to get him out of trouble.
The reader will find many familiar characters here. In addition to the denizens of the Bean Farm and the Circus, Emma and Alice's Uncle Wesley manages to return. In addition, there are parachuting mice, somersaulting ducks and an ostrich ticket taker. Nor can one leave out the noble eagle, Breckenridge, who inspires a whole burst of poetry from Freddy. By the time the book reaches its climax the reader will be completely entranced as animals display character and style that we lowly humans can only imitate.
One of the nicest things about Walter Brooks' world is that the inevitable moral lessons are demonstrated rather than taught. And demonstrated in a delightful, ingenious way. In 1942 Brooks uses two timid lady ducks to demonstrate that adventuring is not just for male chauvinists and that having the courage to stand up for your rights keeps bullies at bay. Freddy's honesty saves the day at the end, and, as always, the importance of friends gets a good plug. Best of all is that the right things to do are also fun to do. Freddy is the pig for all ages.
great grandpa Ernie Stapleton
Freddy is not always on sound moral ground in the series. Here, he confronts an ambiguous adversary with self-examination and fairness. Some positive thinking from an age of America which is now rapidly fading behind us.
Spunky animals, imaginative plot, detestable villains, cute settings (like a town where the sheriff spends his days pulling candy with the criminals and a traveling zoo staffed by talking animals), important moral lessons...they're all here in one of the best Freddy books I've read yet! Freddy can get himself into a lot of trouble, but he always learns from his mistakes and Brooks uses them to teach kids (and adults!) simple things about life that we often take for granted, such as the importance of saying "I'm sorry," even if you're not always sure that it's necessary, and of being brave, even when you're scared. Don't miss out on reading these books. Short, funny and sweet, they're just the right thing to pick up on a day you're feeling a little blue!