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Children's LiteratureFreddy is a talented pet hamster that is able to type into a computer to talk to his human friend Mr. John. Freddy is so clever, he has even written several books. This story opens with a very gothic tale about a poacher named Grim Harry and his giant attack ferrets. This dark tale is being created and typed up by Freddy, who is also the narrator of the main story. So it is a story within a story. Despite all his literary accomplishments, Freddy is having a bad case of writer's block and seems unable to finish his work of fiction. He decides to bring his story along with him when he visits England with his housemates. Freddy's housemates include Enrico and Caruso, two very silly guinea pigs; Sir William, the high-class tomcat; and their human friend, Mr. John. They have all been invited to stay with a Baroness at a castle in England. By coincidence, Freddy's gothic tale is based on a true event that occurred at the very same castle generations earlier. Unfortunately, an ancient curse has brought Grim Harry and his dangerous ferrets back from the dead and these "un-dead" terrorize the inhabitants and guests of the castle. Freddy, along with Enrico and Caruso, Sir William, Mr. John, a warren of rabbits, the Lord of the Manor, and his two children must all gather their wits to survive the dangerous "un-dead." Fast-paced story-telling, funky illustrations, and visually interesting typography all keep the reader's interest. The first book in the series, I, Freddy, gives a full account of how Freddy learns to read and write. However, each book in the series can be read separately. Freddy escapes an evil scientist in Freddy in Peril and he saves a colony of endangered fieldhamsters in Freddy to the Rescue. Freddy's Golden Hamster Saga will be published soon. The translation of this edition from the original German is smooth and fluent. 2006, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies