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Freddy Goes to Florida: 01/09/13

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Freddy Goes to Florida by Walter R Brooks (born January 9, 1886, died August 17, 1958) is the first of the Freddy the Pig books. It was originally published as To and Again (like a precursor to The Hobbit, aka There and Back Again, but with barn animals). After the success of the third book, Freddy the Detective, the first two books were re-named to have Freddy in the title.

Freddy is a pig who lives with a variety of other barn animals on Mr. Bean's farm (no, not that Mr. Bean). The dynamics between Freddy and the other animals reminds me of Babe (the movie, not the book by Dick King-Smith). Frankly it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the makers of Babe took some inspiration from the Freddy books to fill out the ensemble cast.

Freddy while talking to a barn swallow decides he's had enough of winter on the farm. Migrating to Florida sounds like a grand idea. When he decides to walk to the Sunshine state, the other animals on the farm (including a pair of spiders) decide to follow along. The book chronicles their trip down and back, including some episodic adventures on the way.

Freddy and his friends are completely ignorant on what it will take to get to Florida or what to expect along the way. The fun, though, is in the journey itself. They see new things, meet new people and animals, don disguises, duel with alligators, thwart robbers and save the day.

To go with the silly text, are equally delightful pen and ink illustrations by Kurt Wiese.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 20:18:08

Jeane

Looks charming. I'm going to have to see if my library has any of this series.



Comment #2: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 18:18:08

Pussreboots

It is charming — albeit a bit old fashioned here and there. I hope your library has some of the books.



Comment #3: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 05:47:56

Nicola

Oh my eldest and I read this and the Alaska one (book 2?) and we laughed and laughed. Just loved them. Would love to revist them!



Comment #4: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 17:11:54

Pussreboots

I have Freddy Goes to the North Pole on my wishlist. I just need to take the time to find a copy.




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