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November 13, 2011
Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks, 1932
There's trouble on the Bean farm. First a toy train disappears. Then Prinny the Dog's dinner is missing and Egbert the Rabbit is nowhere to be found. The animals of Bean Farm need a detective, and fast! Luckily, Freddy the Pig is on the case. Having just finished reading Sherlock Holmes, Freddy and his partner Mrs. Wiggins the Cow set up a detective agency in the barn. But when Freddy's best friend Jinx the Cat is framed for a dastardly deed, all of Freddy's detecting skills are put to the test. (Goodreads)
Megan, reader and writer wannabe
looking for a calm, comfort read there are many books I turn to, and this is
one of my favorites.
Freddy is not
your average farm pig. He has been to Florida (Freddy goes to Florida) and to
the North Pole (Freddy goes to the North Pole). He loves to read and frequently
writes poetry. So it is no surprise to the other animals on Mr. Bean's farm
when Freddy comes up with a new scheme: He will be a detective like Sherlock
Holmes. He finds his first case right away: young Everett's toy train has gone
missing. It was in his room when he went to sleep and when he woke up it was
gone. It doesn't take Freddy long to figure out where it has gone: Simon the
Rat and his relations are back in town.
looming crisis of the rats, Freddy and his friends get up to all sorts of
adventures; there's the Case of Prinny's (a dog's) Missing Dinner, and the
Disappearance of Egbert, a young rabbit. As criminals are caught, Freddy and
his friends realize they must be brought to justice, so they have a meeting in
the cow barn to elect a judge and find a place for a jail.
1927 and 1958, the Freddy the Pig series is filled with colorful characters and
fun adventures without ever being inappropriate or slang-y. They are
occasionally political, but that makes them all the more interesting to read
and discuss. Though these books are beloved by many, they have been in and out
of print for the last few decades. It was much to my family's delight to
discover a few precious hardbacks at our local Half-Price Bookstore a few years
ago, and they have since come out on Kindle.
Elementary to Middle-grade readers
Violence: a few
tussles, and once or twice someone gets butted by the goat or sat on by the
Mature Themes: In
various books we have rude houseguests, rats and various other people. There
are a few attempted eatings of the animals, but none ever succeed. The fact that
animals are food is acknowledged, but not dwelt upon.