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4.0 out of 5 starsGood except for pictures
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
Another fun Freddy the Pug book, although Freddy plays a very minor role in this one. The one big problem with this edition (Kindle) is that the pictures are microscopic and very bad resolution.
I grew up on the Walter Brooks books about Freddy and his pals on the Bean farm. I have collected the entire collection over the years from book sales and rummage sales. I have re-read them time and again over the years, and now at the age of 76 I am starting to read them to my four year old grandson. He is already excited, because I am excited. The books are such a good example of outsmarting the bad guys by problem solving and being clever rather than blowing them up or physically hurting them in any way. I belong to a group called Friends of Freddy, and enjoy their newsletters. It is a group that got hooked as children and now, as adults, enjoys talking about these books to each other. I recommend Freddy books to all and am glad that Overlook Press reissued them so that schools can once again have them in their libraries.
3.0 out of 5 starsFreddy the Pig meets Santa Claus
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2001
This is the second of the Freddy the Pig books written by Walter R. Brooks. The earlier books, while terrific for children, are not as entertaining for adults as the later books. The Freddy books are great moral instruction without ever being preachy, always entertaining. In this book, the Bean farm animals decide to visit the North Pole. They have adventures galore on the way and, at the Pole, help save Santa from some well-meaning pirates who are trying to bring efficiency to Santa's workshop. I didn't rate this book higher only because later Freddy books have an even greater appeal. For children, this should be at least a four-star
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2016
It's not one of my favorite Freddy book but I want the entire collection. It's funny how in this book only Santa can understand the animals when they talk but in the next book, "Freddy the Detective" everyone can.
Although the Freddy books were written in the 20's through the 50's, they still read well today. My daughter loves for me to read a chapter to her at night. Highly recommend any of the books in the series