When I was in third grade I discovered Cam Jansen and Encyclopedia Brown I read all of these mysteries, and once I got used to the styles was solving most of them with the title characters These books started my love affair with mysteries and my love of interactive books In a few years I would discover the Choose Your Own Adventures and the Lone Wolf books, which in turn would lead to my love of RPGs My wife found one of the old 1986 Bantam Skylark books of Encyclopedia Brown at one of the local Little Libraries and brought it home for my own little emerging reader I couldn t help but spend a few minutes to relive my childhood I scored an 85% this time, which isn t too shabby While these stories are not deep or powerful, or high literature by any stretch, they are competently told and teach close reading skills that are lacking in most other early reading material I highly recommend them for emerging readers Plus, and this is something that 7 year old me wouldn t have noticed, the girl characters are all strong and independent characters Sally Kimball, Encyclopedia s junior partner, is the muscle of the group and a capable human being in her own right. Well, this took no time at all, but I got it as part of a choose your own bagful at a library sale, so I don t mind I ve always liked Encyclopedia Brown than Nancy Drew or any of the other young detectives I used to read I think I stumbled across Sobol s Two Minute Mysteries at just the right age to devour them, be suitably impressed, and never quite get over my impression of him as a genius This anthology of short mini mysteries captures that brief, detail centric style while offering a surprisingly evocative image of rural America I m impressed he wrote it in the 80s when the lifestyle feels much earlier A 19 year old smoking a cigar, pig and boat races, a fishing contest I do love the town Sobol created for his 10 year old sleuth I also appreciate that the girls who show up are the physically strongest and most intimidating characters, with Sally fulfilling a better than Dr Watson intellectual role And, in contrast, young Tyrone becomes the hopeless romantic, a nice play on gender stereotypes The pig story was my favorite, but all I enjoyed reading all of them, even if the solutions always contain some common sense knowledge I ve never actually paid attention to. No matter how many of these I read, I still can t manage to solve even half of the cases I d feel dumb, but I m pretty sure no one on earth could solve all of them, since EB sure uses a lot of circumstantial evidence and far out theories to explain his solutions I would love to see one of the villains just laugh in his face and say he s proved nothing during EB s holier than thou speech on why he, and he alone, solved the case That being said, man this is fun re reading these and snarking on them with my dad. I am ashamed to admit that I did not uncover the answer to any of the stories Interesting answers, but I cannot rate highly because of my own incompetence in this specific book. I like all of the Encyclopedia Brown books They challenge your thinking, i love to read those types of books There are ten mystery stories in this book You read them and when you finish the answers are in the back These books have the same people through the entire series, which makes it interesting to recognize who the bad guys are. I remembered loving the Encyclopedia Brown series when I was a young teen, so when my mother in law found my husband s old copy, I wanted to read them with my 12 year old son He was interested, but they weren t as mysterious as I remember Even 25 years later, though, I didn t figure out every one of them, probably less than half But my son figured out several. Leroy Encyclopedia Brown puts on his detecting hat as he solves ten mysteries in and around the town of Idaville Pig races, fishing contests, stolen fruit, and bookends are just a few of the cases he solves using the clues given. A Stolen WatermelonDueling KitesA Blond Wig Left At The Scene Of The CrimeAnd A Smashed Wristwatch Whose Time Has Run Out These 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 Answers To All The Mysteries Are Found In The Back I recall these being a lot of fun as a kid I am considering using them in the classroom but I am not sure I make a good sleuth I find the mysterious hard to figure out as they rely on making a lot of assumptions. GoodReal good book I would recommend it for young and older boys and tomboys and anyone who enjoys adventure stories
Donald J Sobol was an award winning writer best known for his children s books, especially the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series Mr Sobol passed away in July of 2012.
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- 09 December 2019 Donald J. Sobol