I, Freddy (Golden Hamster Saga Series #1)

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Move over, Stuart Little, there is a new mouse in town. Except this mouse is a hamster. And not just any hamster. He is a golden hamster of the highest order - and destined for great things.

Freddy is not happy with his boring treadmill life at the pet store. He continaully embarrasses himself in an attempt to get adopted. Freddy believes he will have a more civilized and exciting life as soon as he has a home. After a series of funny misadventures (including encounters with a ...

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Overview


Move over, Stuart Little, there is a new mouse in town. Except this mouse is a hamster. And not just any hamster. He is a golden hamster of the highest order - and destined for great things.

Freddy is not happy with his boring treadmill life at the pet store. He continaully embarrasses himself in an attempt to get adopted. Freddy believes he will have a more civilized and exciting life as soon as he has a home. After a series of funny misadventures (including encounters with a fierce tomcat and two guinea pigs who speak in Shakespearean couplets) he teaches himself to read and write. He then pens his witty and heartwarming autobiography that tells of his journey to self discovery. A hamster has never been smarter or funnier in telling the tale of his exceptional life.

Freddy, a remarkably intelligent golden hamster, learns how to read and how to write on a computer and escapes captivity to become an independent and civilized creature.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The debut volume of the Golden Hamster Saga opens as the titular rodent begins writing his life story. The translation captures the considerable wit of the narrative, PW said. Spare yet comical, the line art reveals endearing views of Freddy. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Freddy is not a regular old hamster; he's a golden hamster, scientifically known as Mesocricetus auratus, the best of the best. But this golden hamster is even better than the best of the best; this hamster can read and write! This bright hamster has two problems keeping him from his desire to write: how to get out of his pet store cage and how to write once he escapes? This hungry literary hamster will think of something! This amusing book uses very descriptive language and humor. With 203 pages, it is long enough to engage the reader for an enjoyable read. The page layout is clean, but the illustrations are a disappointment. The pen line drawings are straight, boxy, jagged, and not realistic. Despite the disappointing artwork, this is a good book for anyone ages 6 to 12 years old. 2003, Scholastic Press, Ages 6 to 12.
— Daniel Peters
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Freddy Auratus is an unusual hamster. Unlike his pet-shop mates, he has ambitions beyond traditional cage life. He wants to explore the world and resolves to attract the right buyer. His choice is Sophie, almost six, a budding bookworm with the insight to consult a hamster-care book, and he gradually teaches himself to read from her books. He even devises a secret way to open the latch of his cage. But before he can do much exploring, Sophie's mother proves allergic to hamster fur and plans to get rid of him. He stows away with a visiting family friend, despite concerns about the man's other pets. His two guinea pigs, Enrico and Caruso, are masters of low comedy and excruciatingly bad songs, but, to Freddy's surprise, Sir William, the cat, is a civilized fellow who quietly maintains order in the household. Then, when the Master brings home a computer, Freddy resolves to learn to write in hopes of communicating with the human world. Comparisons with Beverly Cleary's Ralph S. Mouse (Morrow, 1982) are probably inevitable, but Freddy is his own man-er, rodent. Illustrated with amusing black-ink sketches, this engaging story will appeal to fans of animal fantasies.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Literature becomes liberator in this story of a golden hamster who wants more from life than an exercise wheel. Purchased to be the pet of a little girl named Sophie, Freddy teaches himself to read and to leave his cage at will (he’s typing the story on his owner’s computer). When Sophie’s mother’s hamster-hostility banishes him to the home of a translator of books, he negotiates the society of Sir William the cat and Enrico and Caruso, the rhyming guinea pigs--and realizes his destiny as a reader and a writer (using his new owner’s computer). Fleshing out this slim story are fairly beguiling details of insight into hamster behavior and priorities and Cepeda’s amusing black-and-white spot illustrations of the blocky, self-important hamster as he conquers his world. The story rather quickly becomes a one-note joke, however, that being Freddy’s unrelievedly arch voice--a tedious joke at that. There are five Freddy books in Germany; let’s hope that the others offer more than this one. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439283571
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: The Golden Hamster Saga
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Loved this book!

    Easy Read!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Great Read Aloud

    I bought I Freddy for my 7 year old for a long car ride. I picked it up when it fell out at a rest stop and started reading it. Freddy was such a charmer, I didn't want to stop! We read it aloud in the car until my son wrestled it off of me to read on his own again. I had to wait until he was asleep to finish the story. The characters are cute without being cutesy and it has a high level vocabulary. We both enjoyed I Freddy.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    It was a really good book.

    I liked that the book was about animals and it was really funny. I would definitely recommend this book to 9 and 10 year olds. I think they would really like it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Great for kids

    Fabulous characters! Very entertaining for both me and my son!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    a rad book

    this book is awsome but i am really sad beacause i am on the last book in the series that i know of and i love these books! I think these books are great for anyone 10 and up.I think more people should read these books beacause they are funny and outradgeous! Keep on readin!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Hamsters rule the school!

    The book I, Freddy by Dietlof Reiche is my favorite book. The story is about a hamster called Freddy. Freddy wants to learn how to read and write. Somehow he gets sold to an owner called Sophie. He escapes from his cage and Sophie¿s mom freaked out by the fur on the floor. Her mom took Freddy back to the store. And he finds his old friends. Then he manages to stay there. I¿m sure you will like this book because it is full of adventure and fun. There is many things that Freddy does at the end but to find out you have to buy this book. To find out how he learns to read and write you have to read this book. This book is a 5 star book in many ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I would reccomend this book because it is a great book.I like this book because it is about a golden hamster and I like hamsters. The boopk is about a hamster who tries to escape his young owner named Sopie.Freddy tries to get away by hiding in a briefcase.Then when the hamster gets out of the bag it see's a cat and two ginuna pigs.The smell is horrible to him.I wont tell what happens there but you have to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    I, Freddy

    This is a great book to read if you like animals. I thought this book was a good book because the author didn't try sound like a narator, he tried to sound like Freddy. I thought that that was very cool. I also thought it was a great book because he gave very descriptive words on what was happening to Freddy. That was my review of the great book 'I, Freddy' .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    U WILL LOVE IT!

    Its so funny! And when u are done reading for awhille it makes u want to go back for more of the story anyone will love it even aldults and elderlys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    me love it!!!!!

    this is the greatest book in the WORLD!!!!i give this five stars because i simply did not stop reading it why i read it over and over and over!!!i did not stop reading only when i had to eat sleep and goto the bathroom(of course)it is the best!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    I Freddy Rules

    I am 14 years old, and believe it or not, I love the I Freddy series. I can honestly say that even from a teenager's point of view, this book has neverending plots and twists that will keep you in suspence and delight for hours on end. I give this book 5 STARS!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Hamsterlover/FREDDYLOVER!

    I absolutly LOVED this book!! I have pet hamsters and I am a hamster lover. I love Freddy! My hamsters also enjoy it!! This book is very fun and is perfect for animallovers and hamster owners like me!! This is on my favoritelist!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    this book rules!!!!!!!!

    this book was funny especialy for animal lovers!!! It was fun and made me keep reading I can't wait till the next book comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    I loved this book!!!

    I loved this book, it was very very funny and it was just silly and a fun book to read!!!

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