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“I loved Encyclopedia Brown as a kid.”—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Posted July 18, 2009
My 9 and 11 year old grandsons enjoy Encyclopedia Brown books. The books are fun to read, but they also make them think about different situations. And I like that it's a series of books, making shopping easier for me. I remember buying Encyclopedia Brown books for my son over 20 years ago! Some books (like these) never go out of style.
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Posted January 16, 2011
I loved this series as a child, and I was thrilled to introduce it to my 8 year old. He is going around looking for mysteries now! A great - quick read for kids!
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Posted October 22, 2006
In Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, Encyclopedia Brown is an 11 year old boy who knows a lot more than I do, and we are the same age. He lives in a normal sized city called Idaville. His dad is the chief of police department in Idaville. Encyclopedia likes to help his dad with his cases. The town thinks his dad is the best policeman when actually it is the work of his son. My favorite quote from Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective is, ¿He was like a complete library walking around in sneakers.¿ I like this quote because it describes Encyclopedia Brown so well. It makes me think that he knows everything but he is just a boy in sneakers that could be playing football with me at recess. There are 10 cases in the book that Encyclopedia Brown solves. At the end of each case, it tells you to go to a certain page in the back of the book to see how Encyclopedia solved the case. It is so cool to see how he thought through the events that happened and then decide how to solve the case. I have three favorite cases in this book. In the first one, The Case of the Civil War Sword, a boy named Peter Brown wants to trade a bike for a sword that might have been used in the Civil War. Encyclopedia Brown looked at the sword and says it might be worth twenty bikes if it was given to Stonewall Jackson. This case is hard because I have to find out things about the Civil War so I can see if it is really worth Peter¿s bike. In the second case, The Case of the Bank Robber, the problem is why they can¿t charge a robber for robbery because he only had a loaf of bread in his sack. A robber and a blind man beggar collided on the sidewalk after the bank had been robbed, then began to roll down the street after. I like this case because I did not think that all that the robber stole was a loaf of bread, so I got fooled. While I read this case, I thought that the blind man was not really blind. This case was hard because when the answer key told me the answer, I didn¿t think that it was even possible. I like Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective because every case I read makes me want to solve the problem. I get to be Encyclopedia and solve the mystery myself. Like in the case of the Bank Robber, I have to find out how Encyclopedia Brown knows who did it. I recommend that you read this book because it is exciting. It never gets boring because each case is short and then it is on to a new case. Also, after I read this book, it encouraged me to read more Encyclopedia Brown books and there are lots of them to choose from.
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Posted September 29, 2012
A cave with cracks. Light pours out of the cracks. There is a main cave a cave for the sick and the herbal cave. The cave for the sick is like a bowl. Inside its padded with plenty of moss and feathers. There is a small stream pouring into a big puddle.
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Posted April 12, 2014
This is the first book in the Encyclopedia Brown 28 book series. I read it as research for my novel. I've seen these books for years at the bookstore where I used to work and at libraries. They are all short chapter books recommended for readers aged 7 and up.
Pretty good. Each chapter concerns a mystery case solved by the well-read and logical thinker Encyclopedia Brown, who is 10. His real name is Leroy but everyone except his parents and teachers call him by his nickname because his "head was like an encyclopedia. It was filled with facts he had learned from books. He was like a complete library walking around in sneakers."
Mr Brown, his father, is the chief of police for their small town. Idaville, in this first book, is typical for the mid 60s. Kids ride all around on their bikes and are allowed to roam about after dark. After Encyclopedia helps his father solve a puzzling case, using observation and logic in the style of Sherlock Holmes, he decides to go into the detective business himself.
He makes up handbills (now there is an old term) and a sign, charges 25¢ per day (plus expenses) and eventually takes on a bodyguard and junior partner named Sally Kimbal.
At the end of each chapter, after the mystery has been solved, are the words HOW DID ENCYCLOPEDIA KNOW THIS? or some variation of that question. The reader is directed to a page in the back of the book for the solution. Of course, I tried to figure out each one on my own first and I imagine a young reader would do the same.
I wonder if Donald Sobol updates the environment as the series progresses. The 28th book was published in 2012.
Posted March 10, 2014
This is a very good book. Sometimes you can figure out the mystery without looking at the answer. My favoite mystery was the watermelon staber. I totally recemend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2013
My son is an un-interested reader at best so this was a great book for him because the chapters were really short, there was not a lot of "boring" descriptions and the action in each story was good. Leroy Brown is an engaging boy as are the other kids he hangs out with. We even recognized some of the "charactors" from my son's own group of friends. The mysteries Leroy gets involved with are easy to relate to because they mostly involve kids. My son loved that the clues for some of the mysteries were obvious and he could guess the answer right away while others took some thinking and a quick check of the answer at the end of the book. This strategy kept my son engaged until the end. I would highly recommend this book for struggling readers, or readers with a short attention span.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2013