Item description for Freddy and the Ignormus by Walter R. Brooks & Kurt Wiese...
Overview Who--or what--is the Ignormus and why is it robbing banks and demanding payment from all the animals? Can Freddy, that indomitable pig, figure out the mystery in time? Illustrations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2001
ISBN 0142300438 ISBN13 9780142300435 UPC 051488006992
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More About Walter R. Brooks & Kurt Wiese
Walter R. Brookswas an American writer best remembered for his short stories onMister Edthe talking horse and children's books, particularly those aboutFreddy the Pigand other anthropomorphic animal inhabitants of the "Bean farm" inupstate New York. Kurt Wiese illustrated over 400 books, nineteen of which he also wrote, before his death in 1974"
Walter R. Brooks was born in 1886 and died in 1958.
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Freddy and the Ignormus May 8, 2007
A note before the review: the Freddy the Pig books were written during a time when authors of books for children shared the basic assumption that children should grow and expand their vocabularies, not have their ignorance validated. As a result, the language is neither simplified nor limited.
In Freddy and the Ignormous, there's something in the Big Woods that is terrifying all the animals on the Bean Farm. While no one has seen the Ignormous clearly, they have received notes from it that threaten dire consequences if they don't bring it food. Led by Freddy the Pig, who alone has the courage to enter the Big Woods to try to find out what the Ignormous is, the animals learn that the fear you face is never as great as the fear you won't.
I first read the Freddy the Pig books in the early 1950s. Over fifty years later, I can still enjoy them: they have stood the test of time.
One of, if not the, best Freddy book Feb 15, 2007
I've read nearly all the Freddy books to my five-year-old son, and if I had to pick a best Freddy book, I think this would be the one. Not for its subject matter--we actually had to stop reading this when my son was four, because the Ignormus scared him--but for the interplay among the characters. It's not a children's book where all the animals get along wonderfully with each other like a '60s commune on laughing gas; it's a book where one animal can express annoyance about another, even if they're best friends. Eventually, however, like in all Freddy books, the animals also accept each other's strengths and imperfections--there are no spotless, faultless heroes or invincibly evil villians here. Jinx the cat's sarcasm, Simon the rat's malevolence, Charles the rooster's profundity--all the characters are in top form, and are hilarious, if understated humor is your thing. (Oh yes, Theodore the frog is in there too, to stick a pin in Freddy's occasional pretentiousness. Brilliant.)
One of my favorite Freddys! Oct 14, 2006
There is a lot of baffling clues in this story and Freddy doesn't know what to make of them. Worst of all, Mr. Bean and all of the other animals, except for Jinx the cat, believe that Freddy is a thief! Freddy must find out the truth to save his name. He is determined and proclaims that he would leave the farm and not come back until he has caught the real thief and nailed its hide to the barn!
I liked this book because it has large doses of 'animal' nature (as opposed to human nature) which makes it very funny. It also helps you to realize that many things you are afraid of are just a part of your imagination, so go ahead and do it afraid. I recommend the book!
Wonderful. Sep 8, 2006
Highly recomended for all ages,
Caleb A. Craig.
Perhaps the Best May 18, 2002
Funny, more tightly plotted than usual, maybe the all around best Freddy title. When I was a kid, I started reading "Flying Saucer Plans," found it not particularly compelling, and forgot about Freddy for many years. Recently, I was casting about for something to read to my six year old son, who doesn't like much of anything except Esther Averill's "Cat Club" books (and we'd read all of those we could find), and decided to try "Florida," and we've been reading Freddy non-stop ever since. I'm growing very fond of Brooks' gentle, character driven, sometimes satirical humor. I do have a few problems with the books. Brooks' relentless use of "pretty" as an all-purpose intensifier drives me up a wall, and if some editor had only crossed out "pretty" on sight I'd probably enjoy the books about twice as much (I drop "pretty" when reading aloud). I also wouldn't mind if he used "were" instead of "was" for the subjunctive occasionally. And the less of Freddy's poetry we get, the better. But "Florida," "Detective," "Wiggins for President" (his best title, too bad it had to be changed), and "Ignormus" are certainly classics, and all the ones we've read have had their moments. I'm happy they're back and that I'm finally reading them. Eventually I'll work my way back up to those 50s sci-fi Freddies and see if I like 'em any better... Never trust a man who would steal from a rhinoceros, Edward