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Children's LiteratureBeing a young inventor is not easy; especially when the bully across the street gets the second brightest kid in town to help him build his science project. Freddy Funkhouser faced just this dilemma, but with the help of his best friend, Howie, and the walking, talking fries he invented, he could make sure that Harold didn't get away with cheating, or his plan to bury the Burger Castle in purple goo. In the course of ruining Harold's plans, Freddy, Howie, and the fries stumble across a decades old mystery, travel into the future to rescue Silas Finklebean, and change the past. Slapstick humor—provided by the fries—abounds throughout the text and detracts tremendously from the story. Freddy is a smart, capable character and Howie as a sidekick is greatly underutilized since most of the text is taken up with the fries making trouble for Freddy. The illustrations are simple drawings, consisting mostly of the fries antics, but do provide a welcome relief from the story. This is the 2nd book in the "Freddy and the French Fries" series. 2006, Little Brown, Ages 7 to 9.