Freddy in Peril (Golden Hamster Saga Series #2)

Freddy in Peril (Golden Hamster Saga Series #2)

4.7 9
by Dietlof Reiche, Joe Cepeda

View All Available Formats & Editions

Who would have thought that a writer's life could be so dangerous! Only the inimitable Freddy could turn a series of harrowing adventures into fodder for a spectacular sequel.

Even a brilliant hamster can be prone to lapses of judgment. Which is how Freddy came to post his autobiography on the Internet (after all, a writer needs an audience). Lo, it was a bad

…  See more details below


Who would have thought that a writer's life could be so dangerous! Only the inimitable Freddy could turn a series of harrowing adventures into fodder for a spectacular sequel.

Even a brilliant hamster can be prone to lapses of judgment. Which is how Freddy came to post his autobiography on the Internet (after all, a writer needs an audience). Lo, it was a bad move. For when an evil scientist discovers Freddy's genius he hamster-naps him to experiment on his brain! Can a wise tomcat, a pair of guinea pig poets, & a colony of rats save Freddy from becoming a casualty of science? This heart-stopping episode in Freddy's life story is every bit as captivating as Freddy himself. "This second book in the saga stands on its own." - School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mad scientist threatens to exploit the literary talents of the titular hero of Freddy in Peril: Book Two in the Golden Hamster Saga by Dietlof Reiche, illus. by Joe Cepeda. As in I, Freddy, the tawny hamster narrates, often jumping ahead or back in the story. In addition to the heroes from the first book, a cat named Sabrina and a legion of sewer rats come to Freddy's aid. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Freddy is a fun-loving, highly intelligent golden hamster who lives in an apartment of a German teacher and translator, Mr. John. Sir William, the sophisticated tomcat and Enrico and Caruso, two theatrical guinea pigs, are also residents of the apartment. Mr. John has discovered a way that Freddy can communicate his thoughts with him by using a computer to type during the day. When Freddy uses the computer at night to post his biography on the Internet, he is alarmed to discover that his actions have made him an unlikely target of the mischievous Professor Fleischkopf. Professor Fleischkopf plots to kidnap Freddy and dissect his brain for research purposes. Freddy, Sir William, Enrico, and Caruso thus set out on a journey to outsmart Freddy's kidnapper. The seamless translation by Brownjohn and the emotional language evident throughout the book with periodic wacky sentences such as, "Because now she, too, was in danger," allow the reader to experience what the characters are experiencing. Cepeda's black ink illustrations surrounding the text help to form mental picture for the readers to imagine while enjoying the book. Cepeda creatively includes black pages with white print and illustrations to represent the scenes that take place in dark. Reiche has created a wonderfully, light-hearted book for all ages to enjoy. It is part of the "Golden Hamster Saga." 2000 (orig. 1999), Scholastic, Ages 8 to 10.
—Kathleen McLeod
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-When evil Professor Fleischkopf attempts to kidnap Freddy in order to dissect his brain and figure out why he can read and write, the golden hamster springs into action. Accompanied by his roommates, two wisecracking guinea pigs and one dignified cat, he seeks refuge with some city rats, but is captured by the professor. His friends save the day, but only after a truly hair-raising climax. Freddy may have a tiny body, but his personality is oversized, and kids will be won over by his always confident, sometimes petulant voice. The plot feels a little stale, and some of the characters are introduced only to wither on the vine, but there is a lot of fun in listening to Freddy and his friends tease, kvetch, and joke with one another. The many lively drawings of the characters, as adorable as Pok mon but with much more personality, bring Freddy and his pals to life. This second book in the saga stands on its own.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Freddy, an overly intelligent golden hamster, Sir William, a civilized tomcat, and Enrico and Caruso, a pair of theatrical guinea pigs, share the residence of German teacher and translator Mr. John. Freddy's extraordinary abilities allow him to communicate via computer as he types his thoughts to Mr. John by day and writes his stories by night. Boldly posting his biography on the Internet alerts the villainous Professor Fleischkopf of his unique genius and the perilous adventure begins. Freddy must outwit his enemy, escape, and be rescued before his brain is dissected in the name of scientific experimentation. Brownjohn's smooth translation captures the sophisticated and witty first-person narration flaunting a writer's flair complete with dramatic, nail-biting phrases such as "I'D NEVER LOOKED INTO A COLDER MORE SINISTER PAIR OF EYES" set in a larger, boldly wacky print. The more-graphic-than-usual book design includes a few black background pages with white text to emphasize the darkness of Freddy's plight. Cepeda's wonderfully expressive, simple ink cartoons surround the text on almost every page, adding to the histrionics. A cliffhanger written with literary polish. (Fiction. 8-10)

Read More

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
The Golden Hamster Saga
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.52(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Dietlof Reiche's middle-grade and young adult novels have garnered many awards in his native Germany, including the German Juvenile Literature Award and the Oldenburg's Children's Book Prize.

Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1942, Reiche spent his early childhood in the village of Nördlingen, the town where his first historical novel Der Bleisiegelfälscher (The Lead Seal Counterfeiter), is set. Before becoming a full-time writer of children's books, Reiche studied engineering. He later took an academic position at Darmstadt Technical University, followed by studies in sociology, and work as a graphic designer.

Many of Reiche's books are historical fiction, but he also enjoys mixing history with fantastic elements, and often brings his wonderful sense of humor and his concern for the environment to his books.

In Reiche's exciting new novel Ghost Ship, he blends contemporary life with history and the supernatural to create one captivating adventure. His Golden Hamster Saga series: I, Freddy; Freddy in Peril; Freddy to the Rescue; and the forthcoming, Freddy and the Ferocious Ferrets is hilariously narrated by Freddy the Golden hamster, and was inspired by memories of the numerous pet hamsters Reiche had as a child.

Dietlof Reiche lives with his wife in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Freddy in Peril 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS THE BEST! I love it. the characters Enrico and Caruso are awesome. I definetly recomend it. This great book by Dietlof Rieche is an outstanding story about a hamster who can read and write. This is amazing. READ IT!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like books with suprises, not SO much suprises turned up in this book, but that didn't stop the well writteness of that book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freddy in Peril is a fantastic book! I have a golden hamster myself,a cat, and two guinea pigs, all characters in the book i'm writing. I've read books 1-3 in the golden hmster saga and can't wait to read the haunting of freddy, book 4.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fourth grader who is ten.I have alot of favorite books, but out of all of them,this book is the best!When you read the book its like your there and Freddy is talking to you when everything is happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! Absolute great read! And I'm in fifth grade!! Or class did a thing where everyone picked a book and read it, then we voted twice on the book we wanted to be are next read aloud! I didn't win but still, this book ROCKS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Book has amazingly cute pictures on the inside, The Book is amazing too! It should be read by anyone, even adults
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, I, Freddy. I can't wait for this book to come out.