Freddy the Politician

Our rating: ***½

The Beans are going on a trip to Europe, so the farm animals decide to form a republic and elect a president who can run things in the Beans’ absence. It seems like a good idea, but a couple of newcomers to the farm are scheming to be elected and seize control — not only of the Bean farm, but of the surrounding farms as well. And when Simon and his gang of rats are discovered to be in on the plot, things do not bode well for the election. The Bean animals must stick together and solve this problem.

This is one of the earlier Freddy books, so some of the characters aren’t developed as much as they are later in the series. Nevertheless, I found this a quite enjoyable read. Sadly, though, this book is hard to find now-a-days.

Freddy and Simon the Dictator

Our rating: ****

When a young rabbit talks back to Mr. Bean, Freddy and Jinx know something’s up. When they follow the clues to a rebellious meeting of animals bent on taking over New York, they realize something is terribly wrong. But Freddy is unable to do anything right away, since his old friend Mr. Camphor needs help getting out of a nomination for governor. Then when he gets back, Jinx has turned traitor! Freddy has his hands full as the revolution begins…

Freddy and Simon the Dictator could possibly be one of the funniest Freddy books ever written! In this day and age, the political satire is welcome and hilarious. As the comedy continues, the story warps into perhaps the most sinister plot Walter Brooks ever wrote for Freddy, but the light-hearted humor is still around. As is always the case with these books, the person reading aloud will have more fun than the child being read to.

Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans

Our rating: ***½

Freddy the pig and Jinx the cat (along with their steeds, Bill the goat and Cy the pony) are all ready to go on a trip, when a call for help arrives from Uncle Ben. He has plans for a flying saucer, given to him by the Martians, but can’t begin work on a saucer because tons of spies are following him everywhere, trying to obtain the prized plans. It’s time for Freddy to step in and lend a hand, er, trotter.

Freddy is back! There is a fun plot twist, and tons of spies all fighting each other for the plans. An enjoyable new character, Samuel the mole, is introduced. I especially like the part with him at the end.

Freddy Rides Again

Our rating: ****

Mr. Elihu Margarine and his family have just moved to the Beans’ neighborhood. Mr. Margarine likes to hunt foxes and he rides over everyone’s property, not caring what gets destroyed. And on top of that, a rattlesnake is threatening the lives of several animals. Freddy is determined to stop both menaces, but it’s not an easy task.

Like most of the Freddy series, this is a very funny book. Freddy’s Comanche Kid disguise adds to the humor. I very much recommend that you read this book. Enjoy!

The Clockwork Twin

Our rating: ****

Adoniram, pronounced to rhyme with “Uncle Hiram,” lives on a farm with his uncle and aunt, who make him do all the work. Then, one day, the summerhouse is carried away by a flood, along with Adoniram. On his voyage in the summerhouse, a dog named Georgie and a English rooster called Ronald, also victims of the flood, join him. They meet Freddy the pig and Jinx the cat at a department store, in which they both took refuge in. After having a fine time eating and playing, they all set out to the Bean farm. There they find a visitor to the farm: Mr. Bean’s brother, Uncle Ben, who invents a clockwork boy named Bertram — who looks just like Adoniram! Then the animals, with the help of Mrs. Church, set out to find Georgie’s former owner, Byram.

The first book with Mrs. Church and Uncle Ben! Also, Freginald the bear, Mr. Boom, Louise the elephant, Leo the lion, etc. play a small part in this book. Very enjoyable. I’m not sure if the Georgie in this book is the same one that is in Freddy goes to Florida, so you can figure it out for yourself. Enjoy!