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Book Title: The Clockwork Twin|
The author of the book: Walter R. Brooks
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Edition: Overlook Juvenile
Date of issue: February 24th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781585673582
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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Freddy the Pig was one of my best friends when I was a kid, and now every once in a while I re-read one of the stories about him for old time's sake. Walter R. Brooks wrote them, 27 in all, at the rate of about one a year from 1928-1958, the year of his death. They've all been recently republished in the original format with the wonderful original illustrations by Kurt Wiese. This is not one of the better examples of a Freddy story; my favorites being Freddy the Detective, Freddy Goes Camping, and Freddy and the Ignormus (sic). The last few, written in the 50s, were not up to the standard of the others. The best were written in the 40s. For a while Brooks worked for the New Yorker and was a friend of E.B. White. I've often wondered whether Freddy was an inspiration for Wilbur in Charlotte's Web. Freddy is almost always a fun read, with frequent amusing asides. This one (1937) is about an early version of a robot, a clockwork boy invented on a farm in up-state New York. "...people came out to the farm to see the clockwork boy, and then the New York papers got hold of it and sent photographers to take his picture and reporters to ask him how he liked the United States and what his favorite color was and things like that." Ah, the more things change...
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Walter R. Brooks (January 9, 1886 –
August 17, 1958) was an American writer best remembered for his short stories and children's books, particularly those about Freddy the Pig and other anthropomorphic animal inhabitants of the "Bean farm" in upstate New York.
Born in Rome, New York, Brooks attended college at the University of Rochester and subsequently studied homeopathic medicine in New York City. He dropped out after two years, however, and returned to Rochester, where he married his first wife, Anne Shepard, in 1909. Brooks found employment with an advertising agency in Utica, and then "retired" in 1911, evidently because he came into a considerable inheritance. His retirement was not permanent: in 1917, he went to work for the American Red Cross and later did editorial work for several magazines, including The New Yorker.
In 1940, Brooks turned to his own writing for his full-time occupation. Walter married his second wife, Dorothy Collins, following the death of Anne in 1952.
The first works Brooks published were poems and short stories. His short story "Ed Takes the Pledge" about a talking horse was the basis for the 1960s television comedy series Mister Ed (credit for creating the characters is given in each episode to "Walter Brooks"). His most enduring works, however, are the 26 books he wrote about Freddy the Pig and his friends.
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