>From: David Lenander <d-lena@...>
>Incidentally, John, you might want to try _Freddy the Politician_
>(Originally _Wiggins for President_) which I believe influenced _Animal
>Farm_, though most experts seem to dismiss the idea (but usually it's
>presented as influence from _To and Again_, now published as _Freddy
>Goes to Florida_, which I think is somehow intuitively obvious as
>well). Roger Sale considered this the finest of the series, and
>discussed it and other Freddy books in his book, _Fairy Tales and
>After_. It's certainly true that the series flagged along the way in
>many places, though one of my absolute favorites is a late one, _Freddy
>the Pilot_, with everything and the kitchen sink: the Bean farm
>animals, the Boomschmidt Circus animals, an evil horror comic-book
>publisher, and The Demon Woman of Grisly Gulch, which I thought one of
>the funniest books I'd read, at least at age 10.
For me, the high point of the series was FREDDY AND THE BASEBALL TEAM FROM MARS. I mean, come on! Talking animals, sci-fi aliens, and baseball -- what more could a little boy want?
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