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Ready, Freddy! is a series of children's chapter books written by an elementary school teacher, Abby Klein. It is focused on Freddy Thresher, a second grader (first grader in original series) who experiences everyday problems and situations normal to an elementary student.

The book series includes 27 books in the original series, 6 books in easy readers series, Ready, Freddy! Reader, 2 books in the short-lived Spin-Off series, Double Troublenote , and currently 10 books in the ongoing second grade series.

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Compare to Junie B. Jones, another children's chapter book series also focusing on a young elementary student. For the killer robot, click here.


Ready, Freddy! provides examples of:

  • Black and Nerdy: Robbie is Black and interested in science, and, as told by Freddy, "has read a million books". His mother is even a paleontologist.
  • The Bully: Max, a stereotypical jerkass and overweight child. He'll often insult and sometimes fight Freddy and his friends.
  • Camping Episode: Camping Catastrophe!
  • Christmas Episode: The Perfect Present, A Very Crazy Christmas, and Secret Santa Surprise
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In Help! A Vampire's Coming!, Freddy, due to being sleep-deprived, forgets to put on pants.
  • Easter Egg: In every illustration, the word "FIN" can be found.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Since A Very Crazy Christmas, Freddy no longer dons a bowl-like hairstyle.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: In Talent Show Scaredy-pants, when Robbie's pet mousenote  runs loose in the house, Mom completely flips out and is seen having taken refuge on the table.
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  • Everything's Better with Penguins: In "The Penguin Problem", Freddy struggles to host a fundraiser to save endangered penguins.
  • Excited Show Title!
    • Some of the individual titles, such as Help! A Vampire's Coming!.
  • Girly Girl: Chloe. She wears pink all the time and adores anything feminine and sophisticated. She rejects "masculine" practices and fears anything that would scar her beauty.
  • Good Luck Charm: Freddy's shark tooth and shark underpants.
    • Suzie's penny.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Since Jessie is Mexican-American, she sometimes communicates in Spanish with her grandmother.
    • Oh, and Papa Dave can speak in Spanish too, as revealed in Talent Show Scaredypants.
  • Halloween Episode: The Pumpkin Elf Mystery and Halloween Fraidy-cat
  • Informed Judaism: Max The Bully is Jewish, and we only know that from the first chapter of A Very Crazy Christmas in which the kids discuss their different winter holiday traditions and Max brings up his family's Hanukkah traditions.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Max The Bully and Freddy and Suzie's Sibling Rivalry for starters. Namecalling, rude talk, and sometimes physical fighting are thrown around frequently. In fact, some parents are against Ready, Freddy! for inducing this trope.
  • Meaningful Name: Freddy's last name, Thresher, is based on the thresher shark. Freddy's favorite animal is a shark.
  • My Beloved Smother: Mom is sometimes nagging and controlling of her children. It takes her father in convince her to allow Freddy to play hockey in Don't Sit on My Lunch!
  • Neat Freak: Mom is pretty much this trope. She doesn't like anything that causes a mess in the house. For example, she doesn't allow her children to bring food to their bedrooms and freaks out over a pet mouse. Freddy even calls her the trope's name.
    • Chloe also falls into this trope, as being a Girly Girl.
  • Nerves of Steel: Jessie is nicknamed "I'm Not Scared of Anything" by Freddy.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Freddy swallows his loose tooth in Tooth Trouble.
    • When Freddy discovers that his randomly chosen role in the Thanksgiving play is a turkeynote  in "Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble"
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: In The King of Show and Tell, in an attempt to get a very cool thing to show off, Freddy opts to adopt a baby bird who has fallen from its nest.
  • Pink Is for Sissies: Invoked with Jessie. In A Very Crazy Christmas, Jessie humilates Max by joking about his pink sparkly tutu.
  • The Runaway: In "Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble", Freddy, upset with having to play as the turkey, attempts to run away, miss the play, and return afterwards. The plan backfires.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: A Running Gag involves another character, usually Max, saying that Jessie is Freddy's girlfriend, before Freddy calls it off.
  • Show Within a Show: Freddy's favorite animated cartoon is Commander Upchuck.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Freddy and Suzie. They have very fierce conflicts comparable with Freddy and Max.
  • Slice of Life: Of a young elementary school kid
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble"
  • Token Black Friend: Robbie, whose purpose is to serve as the Black friend to the white Freddy.
  • Token Minority: Robbie, an African-American, Jessie, a Latina American, and Max, a Jew.
  • Tomboy: Jessie. She does masculine things, such as hockey and dressing up as a vampire, and, as said by Freddy, is the only one who can stand up to Max.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jessie and Chloe.
  • Trickster Twins: Freddy's twin cousins, Kelly and Kasey, are very obnoxious, enacting antics such as hiding bugs in sandwiches, coloring Suzie's nose red, and heating a boot in the oven.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: "Super-Secret Valentine"
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Freddy is scared of vampires, even though they don't exist. Justified, as he's below the age having the capability to tell the difference between fiction and fact.

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