Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues by Donald J. Sobol.  Random House, 1966.

Encyclopedia Brown is the reason Idaville hasn't had any unsolved crimes in over a year.  When he isn't helping his dad with police business, he helps his friends solve their own mysteries, charging only $0.25 a case.

Part of the charm of Encyclopedia Brown books is that after reading the case, or chapter, you flip to the back of the book to see if you solved it the same way Encyclopedia did.

Like Nancy Drew and Nate the Great, I read Encyclopedia Brown as a kid.  It's funny to read him now and see how simple most of the cases are - though they had me stumped 25 years ago.  And if I'm honest, some of them stumped me now.

I suggested to my 6 year old that he read Encyclopedia Brown.  He was not interested.  He didn't even want me to check it out from the library!  That is until he ran out of Boxcar Children books.  Then he couldn't wait to pick it up. 

To round this out as a family affair, my husband has even been testing his detective skills against E.B.  I think this series will soon become a family favorite!

Have you ever tested your wits and trivia knowledge against that of Encyclopedia Brown?


Amy said...

Oh, good memories! EB was one of my favorites! Haven't thought of it in YEARS!!!! THanks for the reminder! :)

Carrie said...

$0.25 a case! You certainly can't beat a deal like that!=D

Two more months to go in this challenge and I've really GOT to make EB part of the process!!!

bekahcubed said...

I read a bit of EB, but not much. But then I read an adult novel in which a grown up Encyclopedia Brown played a bit part. He still lived with his parents and was prone to asking questions of people or giving them information and then asking "Wouldn't you like to know how I found that out? But you gotta wait. You gotta wait." Fun stuff.

I do like the puzzle-type format of the books though.

Cassie said...

What a reader! I'm hoping that Madison will be reading in the next year or so. I've got to take her to get her kindergarten physical this afternoon. They grow so fast! They will be reading the NY Times before we know it!

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