Freddy the Magician (Paperback)
With the help of Jinx, the cat, and Jinx's sister, Minx, as well as many other well-known animals on the Bean Farm, Freddy pulls some wonderful tricks, not the least of which is outwitting the fraudulent magician who comes to entertain the unsuspecting inhabitants of the nearby town of Centerboro. REVIEW: Freddy is simply one of the greatest characters in children's literature! (School Library Journal)
About the Author
Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, New York, on January 9, 1886, and died in Roxbury, New York, on August 17, 1958. Brooks attended the University of Rochester and, after graduation, worked for the American Red Cross and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He became associate editor of Outlook in 1928 and then a staff writer for several magazines, including "The New Yorker." The short stories he wrote during this time were published in "The Saturday Evening Post," "The Atlantic Monthly," and "Esquire." Brooks's short story "Ed Takes the Pledge" was the basis for the 1960s television series Mr. Ed, but his most lasting achievement is the Freddy the Pig series, which began in 1927 with "To and Again" ("Freddy Goes to Florida"). He subsequently wrote twenty-five more delightful books starring Freddy, "that charming ingenious pig" ("The New York Times").