Here you will find an eclectic smattering of links to resources related to the Freddy the Pig book series by Walter R. Brooks, children’s books about talking animals and other literary fan clubs that might appeal to readers of Freddy.
Adam Hochschild’s 1994 The New York Times review of the Freddy books is one of the best reviews of the books of all time. (Although I would not agree that Mr. Weezer should be classified as a villain, despite being a banker.)
This is a podcast originally posted on March 17, 2014 by Emoshea of Infopeople, a grant project of Califa. Infopeople provides training to library professionals and Califa is a nonprofit membership consortium of 230 libraries in California. If you are a librarian, or just enjoy learning about libraries, you may want to look more closely at the Infopeople site. Here, though, our focus is on “the Pig.”
The Arne Nixon Center at the University of California, Fresno holds Michael Cart’s papers, including the typewriter Walter R. Brooks used to write the Freddy books.
The University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection includes many first edition Freddy books signed by Walter R. Brooks and illustrations and ephemera such as original Christmas cards by Kurt Wiese. Worth a visit!
In 2012, Mari Ness of Tor.com did us all a wonderful favor and reread all of the Freddy books, providing entertaining reviews of each one as she went along. The comments are as informative and as entertaining as the reviews.
Harley Hahn, a member of Friends of Freddy and an expert on the internet, has a compilation of information about the Freddy the Pig, other children’s books and children’s resources on the internet. Harley is especially fond of Freddy’s poetry and that of Mrs. Peppercorn and you can find some examples of his “verses done in the style” of those two estimable poets on his site.
Overlook Press republished all of the Freddy the Pig titles in gorgeous facsimile editions. The books are now available through Amazon.com.
The site of the Baker Street Irregulars, because many of you may be fans of Sherlock Holmes as well as of Freddy.