FREDDY the Pig
by Walter R. Brooks
From 1927 to 1958, Walter Brooks wrote 26 books starring one of the great characters in American children's literature, Freddy the Pig. Freddy is Everypig - he oversleeps, overeats, daydreams and writes poetry. He's even a bit lazy. And when he's scared, his tail uncurls. He is by turns a cowboy, explorer, politician, publisher, poet, magician, banker, campaign manager, pilot, detective. Whatever the situation may call for, Freddy always rises to the occasion!
Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, NY, 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 subsequently was a staff writer for several magazines including The New Yorker.
The short stories he began writing at 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 1950s television series Mr. Ed, but Brooks's most lasting achievement is the Freddy the Pig series, which began with To and Again (Freddy goes to Florida). Freddy has been called "that charming ingenious pig" by The New York Times.
Freddy Goes to Florida - (1949)
Originally published as "To and Again - 1927"
Freddy goes to the North Pole - (1951)
Originally published as "More To and Again - 1930"
Freddy the Detective - 1932
The Story of Freginald - 1936
The Clockwork Twin - 1937
Also published as "Freddy and the Clockwork Twin"
Freddy the Politician - 1948
Originally published as "Wiggins for President" - 1939
Freddy's Cousin Weedly - 1940
Freddy and the Ignormus - 1941
Freddy and the Perilous Adventure - 1942
Freddy and the Bean Home News - 1943
Freddy and Mr. Camphor - 1944
Freddy and the Popinjay - 1945
Freddy the Pied Piper - 1946
Freddy the Magician - 1947
Freddy goes Camping - 1948
Freddy plays Football - 1949
Freddy the Cowboy - 1950
Freddy Rides Again - 1951
Freddy the Pilot - 1952
Freddy and the Space Ship - 1953
The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig - 1953
Freddy and the Men from Mars - 1954
Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars - 1955
Freddy and Simon the Dictator - 1956
Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans - 1957
Freddy and the Dragon - 1958
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Many THANKS to
Jerry Aronberg for several of the pictures displayed here,
Mr. EHA for 2 storylines which were taken from his books with dust jackets,
Dale Fredericksen for poetry and pictures,
Richard Novak for incredible pictures of dust jackets & b&w pictures,
Ron Dunbar for book and dj pictures,
Michael B. Pinkey for giving me the idea to create this page.
Last modified on 2-7-00