The eleventh book in the Freddy the Pig series takes the adventurous animal in a new direction for a while, but he’s soon troubled by old enemies. As always, the illustrations by Kurt Wiese are excellent.
Freddy wants to get away and have a bit of a vacation. An opportunity arises for him to act as the caretaker of the large estate of rich Mr. Camphor, where he can live on the grounds in a small houseboat, and pursue an interest in oil painting. The job begins well, with Freddy given his meals by Mr. Camphor’s cook, Mrs. Winch, but he soon finds out his old nemesis Simon the Rat and his family are living in the mansion’s attic and making a mess of the place, and they have no intention of leaving. As if that weren’t bad enough, a familiar ramshackle car arrives one day with Mrs. Winch’s husband and son, who Freddy knows well. He and the Bean Farm animals had several run-ins with the disreputable pair on their trip to Florida (the first book in the series), when Mr. Winch tried to catch and eat them. Mr. Winch is sly, and has soon ruined Freddy’s name with Mr. Camphor. How can he and his friends possibly set things right?
Recommended, great fun.