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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (1963)

by Donald J. Sobol

Other authors: Leonard W. Shortall (Illustrator)

Series: Encyclopedia Brown (1)

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Very popular juvenile mystery series with a male main character. Series is entertaining and unique due to there being a series of answers in the back of the book of different ways to solve the mystery.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 22, 2019 |
Writing: 4.5; good writing that mixes humor with good clues used to solve the mysteries, all the while being enjoyable and descriptive.
Theme: 4.5; a young 12-year-old detective, Encyclopedia Brown, solves cases given to him by children and grown-ups alike to help his father, the police chief, in limiting the crime rate in Idaville; each case allows the reader to solve it using clues in the story before reading the solution, allowing for an interactive experience.
Content: 5.0; nothing objectionable.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.

The first book in the young readers' series, Encyclopedia Brown, gives us our first introduction to the boy detective, as the title suggests. Collecting the youth's first ten adventures, this volume introduces us to the 12-year-old while letting us meet his best friends and greatest foes, including the deceptive Bugs Meany. Cases range from a stolen tent to a supposed Civil War sword, as well as some involving high-speed police chases with Encyclopedia's father. The book combines descriptive writing with clues that hint towards the crime's solution. At the end of each story (which is about five pages long) a question is posed to the reader, who can then use the clues within the story to clear up the case. The reader then flips to the end of the book, where all of the stories' solutions are held. You can then see if your deductions were correct or not. It makes for a fun, interactive experience for young readers who would like to read fun adventures. Definitely recommended for younger readers, whereas older readers won't have much of a challenge solving the mystery. ***January 3, 2019*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Jan 4, 2019 |
This was a fun, simplistic read. Of course at my age most of the solutions to the cases were easily solvable, but the stories were still very much enjoyable. I had never read these growing up and got them for the sake of seeing what they were about. I can say this first one surprised me because I enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn't mark it as a favorite, but it was definitely worth my time to read once in my lifetime. ( )
  CassieWinters | Oct 30, 2018 |
Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Aug 24, 2017 |
A young boy with amazing observational skills solves neighborhood crimes for his friends and helps his dad, who is a policeman.
I think I read this one as a kid, but I didn't remember much about it. We loved it, though. It's particularly cool to read alongside Sherlock Holmes, of course. ( )
  electrascaife | Apr 11, 2017 |
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Bad, bad Leroy Brown
catches the bad guy every time. 
Not so bad, in fact. (kiparsky)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553157248, Paperback)

A Civil War sword...

A watermelon stabbing...

Missing roller skates...

A trapeze artist's inheritance...

And an eyewitness who's legally blind!

Theses are just some of the ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain. Try to crack the cases along with him--the answer to all the mysteries are found in the back!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:26 -0400)

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Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.

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