I, FREDDY by Dietlof Reiche

I, FREDDY

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-28356-6
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2003




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