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I, Freddy

by Dietlof Reiche
Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Translated by John Brownjohn, from the German

Published by U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2003
201 pages
ISBN: 0-439-28356-6

Ages 8 - 11

Freddy is not a run-of-the-mill golden hamster. Even as a youngster, crammed in a crowded pet store cage, he realized he was different. Rather than running mindlessly on the treadmill with his siblings, Freddy preferred an intellectual approach to life, and he documents his adventures in this autobiographical saga. When confronted with a hamster crisis, he overcomes it with creative problem solving and a can-do attitude. Whether it's attracting a potential owner, teaching himself to read, opening his cage door from the inside, or mastering a computer, Freddy is up to the challenge. An attractive page design with frequent line drawings adds to the appeal of this humorous fantasy, translated from the German. Freddy, rodent extraordinaire, is sure to charm young animal lovers. CCBC Categories: Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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