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For I, Freddy, the launch title in the Golden Hamster Saga, PW wrote, "At tale's start, Freddy wonders, `Is my story worth putting down on paper?' Readers are apt to respond affirmatively." Now the hamster hero returns for a third installment, Freddy to the Rescue by Dietlof Reiche, trans. from the German by John Brownjohn, illus. by Joe Cepeda. Here his mission is clear: Freddy, along with friends from the animal and human world, must band together to intervene when an auto plant threatens a colony of field hamsters. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Gr 3-5-In this, the latest adventure in Freddy Auratus's life, he hears a call of distress from a tribe of local field hamsters. The mayor of the city is determined to build an automobile plant directly over their home, regardless of the little creatures' lives. In the hopes of relocating and saving his rural cousins, Freddy rushes to help, accompanied by his faithful cat and guinea pig friends. Along the way he must convince his oversized brethren to trust him, have a word with some animal conservationists, and resist the almost irresistible urge to kill those prankster guinea pigs, Enrico and Caruso. Far stronger than the second book in the series, this book marks a return to the strengths found in I, Freddy (Scholastic, 2003). Readers will have little difficulty catching up with the protagonist's escapades, even if they are unfamiliar with the previous books. Kids will find this to be a genuinely funny tale. Reiche's narrative jumps between the past and present work especially well and, as always, Cepeda's illustrations are irresistible. A strong addition to an already enjoyable series.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.