Freddy and the French Fries #2: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean

Freddy and the French Fries #2: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean

by David Baldacci
     
 

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In this sequel to "Fries Alive!," Freddy Funkhauser discovers the lab of long-lost scientist Silas Finklebean, along with instructions on how to build a time machine. With Finklebean's help, Freddie is determined to prove himself to bully Adam Spanker.

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In this sequel to "Fries Alive!," Freddy Funkhauser discovers the lab of long-lost scientist Silas Finklebean, along with instructions on how to build a time machine. With Finklebean's help, Freddie is determined to prove himself to bully Adam Spanker.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Being 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.
—Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In this slapdash sequel to Fries Alive! (Little Brown, 2005), the nine-year-old genius and his giant spuds are preparing to compete in the local science fair. They discover a hidden tunnel under the Burger Castle, the Funkhouser family's restaurant, and encounter a weird apparition floating in the air. Deciding that ghosts would make an unbeatable project, they begin to research the Castle's history. They learn that it was once owned by inventor Silas Finklebean, who vanished mysteriously. When they find his laboratory and logbook of plans, they attempt to reconstruct his time machine. Meanwhile, town bully Adam Spanker and his father, owners of the rival Patty Cakes restaurant, are plotting to drive the Funkhousers out of business. Can Freddy and the Fries find a way to save the Castle? The over-the-top action is often difficult to follow and there is little depth of character. The pervasive body and insult humor is reminiscent of a second-grade playground. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations are mildly amusing, but add little. Adult thriller author Baldacci is aiming at Captain Underpants graduates, but this novel lacks both the imagination and the underlying logic of that gleefully anarchic series. Steer readers to Dan Greenburg's "Zack Files" (Grosset & Dunlap) or Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" (Viking).-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316033947
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Series:
Freddy and the French Fries Series , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
518,440
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
Education:
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
Website:
http://www.david-baldacci.com/

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