Warnings had been printed in the Bean Home News and the Centerboro Guardian, but nobody paid much attention to them. An animal revolt? "Preposterous!" said the Beans and all the other humans. But it's true-and the outrages begin: cars are stopped and overturned all over the county, farmers starting out to do their morning chores are driven back into the house, and the cows refuse to come in at milking time. In Centerboro, cats are insolent to their mistresses and horses go out of their way to insult people on the street. Simon the rat is determined to turn the farm into a dictatorship and Mr. Camphor has been persuaded (much against his better judgment) to run for governor of New York State. Herb Garble shows up, Jinx defects to the enemy (or does he?), and Freddy-that inimitable pig!-goes to work as the political boss of Otesaraga County. Freddy and Simon the Dictator is classic Brooks, in which the master of barnyard hilarity has a lot of fun satirizing politics and-especially-politicians.
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by Walter R. Brooks
"In a world in which animals and humans talk to one another, Freddy the Pig is the consummate diplomat, navigating both worlds smoothly and keeping the peace. When Simon the Rat incites the animals to rise up against the humans and sets himself up as dictator, Freddy must use his wit and save the day. This story has enough sheer silliness, clever wordplay, suspense, and insight into human foibles to keep children and adults entertained. Sensitive to every nuance, John McDonough is a pleasure to listen to. Without rushing, he moves the story along. Bringing each type of animal to life with the right voice, he captures the silliness as well as the more sophisticated levels of insight. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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