Freddy the Pied Piper

Overview

Originally published between 1927 and 1958, the 26 classic books about Freddy the Pig are now going on to delight a sixth generation of children. These beloved classics are available now for the first time as Overlook paperbacks: Freddy the Pig, the “Renaissance Pig” (The New York Times Book Review) of Bean Farm, is back to thrill his fans of all ages in facsimile editions of these all-American children’s classics.
When the circus falls on hard times, Freddy concocts a plan to ...

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Overview

Originally published between 1927 and 1958, the 26 classic books about Freddy the Pig are now going on to delight a sixth generation of children. These beloved classics are available now for the first time as Overlook paperbacks: Freddy the Pig, the “Renaissance Pig” (The New York Times Book Review) of Bean Farm, is back to thrill his fans of all ages in facsimile editions of these all-American children’s classics.
When the circus falls on hard times, Freddy concocts a plan to raise money by driving out the mice in a nearby village. However, he must also contend with angry farm mice, kidnapping, and a dangerous trek to Virginia. After all his hard work, Mr. Broomschmidt, the circus owner, refuses to accept any charity, and Freddy must find some other way to save his beloved circus. In Freddy the Pied Piper, Walter Brooks has told yet another rollicking, humorous adventure tale with wonderful illustrations by the inimitable Kurt Wiese.

When the animals of Mr. Bloomschmidt's traveling circus need help, Freddy the pig does not disappoint them.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The American version of the great English classics,such as the Pooh books or The Wind in the Willows.
Children's Literature
When it comes to pigs,today's children may be more familiar with Wilbur and Babe,but it is time they made room in their hearts for Freddy.
Los Angeles Times
There's a richness to the world of Bean Farm and a strong moral code that is timeless. . .
Children's Literature
Freddy, a thoughtful pig, tries to help a friend, Mr. Boomschmidt, whose circus has recently gone out of business, leaving him penniless. Freddy decides to open a mouse-catching business to raise money so that Mr. Boomschmidt can re-open his circus. Although Freddy succeeds in this endeavor, some of the mice get upset with him since he has driven their friends out of their homes. The story's ending is somewhat disappointing because it goes on a little bit too long, diminishing this otherwise agreeable book. Otherwise, this simple story is well-structured, funny, and great for kids. The humorous illustrations add to the story's enjoyment. 2002, Overlook Press/Peter Mayer Publishers, Ages 8 to 10.
— Emily Leising
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468309157
  • Publisher: Overlook Juvenile
  • Publication date: 8/14/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 947,705
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter R. Brooks (1886–1958) is the beloved author of 26 books about Freddy the Pig. He edited for magazines, including The New Yorker. In addition to the Freddy books, Brooks created the character of Mr. Ed the Talking Horse.

Kurt Wiese (1887–1974) illustrated over 300 children's books and wrote and illustrated another 20 books. He received two Newbery Awards and two Caldecott Honor Book Awards.

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