The Famously Funny Parrott: Four Tales from the Bird Himself

The Famously Funny Parrott: Four Tales from the Bird Himself
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Age Range
6+
Release Date
December 27, 2022
ISBN
978-0593378205
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From the co-creator of the hit children’s show, Dora the Explorer, comes a hilarious and timeless collection of stories about the friendship between Freddie Parrott and his loyal butler, Peccary.

Ride through Rubberwick in your Rolly Royce with Freddie and Peccary! This story collection is full of whimsical illustrations and laugh-out-loud adventures.

From solving problems like the mysterious knock-knocking door, to saving the day with a fresh batch of waffle batter, Freddie Parrott knows that he can always count on his loyal butler and best friend, Peccary.

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Jeeves and Wooster for the Preschool Set
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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Freddie Parrott III lives a comfortable, if not sumptuous, life. He has his own apartment as well as a butler, Peccary (who is indeed one of these small, hoofed mammals similar to a pig), who indulges all of his foibles. In four short stories, we see how Freddie spends his days, and sometimes his nights. In the first, he is woken very early by loud knocking at his door that neither he nor the patient Peccary can figure out. Once it comes to light that Freddie ordered Peccary to replace his door in the middle of the night, they are able to discover the interesting source of the problem. Freddie's favorite food is waffles, but he has a bad habit of sleep eating the batter that Peccary makes ahead. Since he doesn't believe this, despite the evidence on his face to the contrary, he has Peccary and the police investigate the threat. In the third story, he heads out in his car only to be involved in a distracted driving incident between his own Red Arrow car and his friend Lord Bush Dog's Rolly Royce. The police are again involved, and do not feel kindly toward Freddie, who has to pay steep fines. In the final story, Freddie goes to spend time with his parents in their own palatial home, only to find that his father is making waffles for a reknowned waffle critic. The batter is a horrible melange of everything from bacon to butterscotch browning, and Freddie enlists Peccary to help with this emergency and keep his father's good name. As usual, Peccary has unusual solution to Freddie's dilemma.
Good Points
Young readers will find Freddie amusing, in the same way that Parish's Amelia Bedelia is. Freddy doesn't have a good grasp on reality and is very entitled, so embraces his own narrow view of the world until Peccary manages to dissuade him. This would make a good read aloud so that adults and children could discuss how Freddie could be more thoughtful in his treatment of others.

Brian Biggs' illustrations are always a delight, and his black and white sketches reinforce the vintage feel of this story. Peccary, in his traditional black tuxedo, is prim and proper, and Freddie swans about in a variety of dressing gowns and comic outfits.

Henn's Bad Nana or James' The Daily Bark are somewhat similar read alikes, although the strongest resemblance is to Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books (that started in 1919) or Grahame's 1908 The Wind in the Willows. Freddie's roadster looks a lot like Toad's, and his character is similarly immature. Luckily, he has Peccary to keep him in line!
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