Fries Alive!: Freddy and the French Fries #1
David Baldacci & Rudy Baldacci
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
begins a new
Freddy and the French Fries
series, written by bestselling author David Baldacci. In it, nine-year-old, nerdy Freddy T. (Tesla) Funkhouser's plan to save the Burger Castle family business goes hilariously awry.
he story opens on Freddy, who dreams of becoming a famous scientist, cluck-clucking in a chicken suit at the Burger Castle door (his dad rollerskates around the restaurant in a tomato costume). Freddy's drama queen big sister Nancy (her lines alternate between Shakespeare and
) is dressed as a ketchup bottle. But where are the customers? Sadly, they're across the road with the competition, the Spanker family's Patty Cakes restaurant/amusement park. Their greasy burgers are not nearly as healthy as the Funkhousers' tofu ones, or their carrot and eggplant hot dogs. Also, '
Adam Spanker had been Freddy's worst nightmare for years
', and Adam's dad is the town chief of police
mayor. What's a boy to do? Freddy, plans a very special float for the Founders' Day parade.
ith a little help from his friend Howie Kapowie, Freddy uses potato-nanotechnology, microchips and hydroelectric power to make five sort of
- Theodore, Wally, Ziggy, Curly, and split Si/Meese - each with a distinct personality. Of course, the Fries find all kinds of trouble to get into, but all's well that ends well when Freddy's brains (and Fries) outwit the Spanker bullies.
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