The Brain Full of Holes

Overview

Sheldon McGlone is finding it hard to adjust to his new life in Switzerland. It's not surprising really. He's just left his home in Australia and moved half way around the world because his mother has married a member of a crack scientific squad. And now Sheldon's best friend, The Brain, is also his stepbrother. That would be weird even if your best friend wasn't a frighteningly brainy super sleuth. And The Brain is a frighteningly brainy super sleuth. But what really has Sheldon worried is The Brain's ...

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Overview

Sheldon McGlone is finding it hard to adjust to his new life in Switzerland. It's not surprising really. He's just left his home in Australia and moved half way around the world because his mother has married a member of a crack scientific squad. And now Sheldon's best friend, The Brain, is also his stepbrother. That would be weird even if your best friend wasn't a frighteningly brainy super sleuth. And The Brain is a frighteningly brainy super sleuth. But what really has Sheldon worried is The Brain's preoccupation with the missing holes in his cheese sandwiches—oh, and also the carnivorous cuckoo clocks he keeps seeing everywhere!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Theo (the Brain) Brain has noticed a lot of unusual goings on lately—a decided lack of holes in the Swiss cheese, for instance. But the missing holes are only the beginning of the mystery. When Helga Poom enlists the help of the Brain and his stepbrother Sheldon to help find her father, they find themselves on the trail of a mad genius scientist determined to find the path to an alternate dimension no matter how much damage is caused to their own world. This is the second book in the "Brain" series, though it can certainly be read without reading the previous book. The "Brain" series is a humorous cross between typical youth fiction and classic Sherlock Homes type mysteries. The Brain is clearly a much younger Holmes, and Sheldon fills Watson's shoes capably and proves a more than adequate narrator of the mystery for young readers. Chatterton does not mince on the word play throughout the novel and his creation of the world the Brain and Sheldon live in is clever and funny and will appeal to eager readers. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Sheldon McGlone, the adolescent hero of The Brain Finds a Leg (Peachtree, 2009), finds himself moving from Australia to Switzerland when his mother marries Captain Schnurrbart of the Swiss Scientific SWAT Unit. Accompanied by his stepbrother and best friend, junior detective Theophilus Brain, Sheldon is soon led into a nutty mystery that begins when the holes disappear from the Swiss cheese. Next Helga Poom, an enchanting blonde, asks the Brain to help her locate her missing father. The Brain soon locates the elder Poom's truck—buried in solid rock and containing a curious substance called Duzzent Matter—but without Helga's father. Then everything goes crazy; a police officer turns into a chicken; carnivorous cows and walking, talking cuckoo clocks appear; and Sheldon, Helga, and the Brain must deal with a two-headed butler and multiple Captain Schnurrbarts, some of whom are prepared to send the three into other dimensions. Striving for humor, Chatterton bombards readers with everything but the kitchen sink, and the story grows so wild and overheated that kids will be yawning. Sheldon is too much of a doofus—constantly tongue-tied and falling over his own feet—to be a sympathetic character, and the Brain is the kind of would-be Sherlock Holmes we've seen too many times before.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455270
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: HL790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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