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Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown #1) Paperback – March 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (March 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553157248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553157246
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

A Civil War sword...

A watermelon stabbing...

Missing roller skates...

Atrapeze 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!

About the Author

Donald J. Sobol lives in Florida.
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Customer Reviews

It was good to have solutions at the end of the book.
Joseph K. Loeffel
Encyclopedia Brown is smart, good at solving cases and has a good solutions.
Chris Campbell
My son had always enjoyed all of the Encyclopedia Brown books.
Domine S Pittman

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective" is a wonderful book for kids from about six years to about 12 or so. Published in 1963, it has a sweet tone reminiscent of 1950's TV shows. The fun, though, lies in tracing and anticipating young Brown's using logic, a little science, and keen observation to solve minor crimes and mysteries. Sometimes, he's helping his police chief father; other times kids bring the mysteries directly to him.
Your child may successfully solve the mystery on his or her own (each of the 10 cases ends with a question, e.g., "HOW DID ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN KNOW THIS?," or, after trying to find the culprit, they can turn to the back for the brief answers. There's no tricks, though at least one story assumes a little more knowledge than might be expected from the average grade schooler. For example, one hint is that "Bull Run" was the Northern name for the Civil War battle, not the Southern name (although this solution has an easier clue as well).
A wonderful, captivating series of vignettes (ten cases covering 78 pages, not including solutions), I recommend this very highly. It's also a great book for readers from about grades two through about six.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read the Encyclopedia Brown series in the early 1970s, when I was in elementary school. I learned about being humble and smart, analytical and tricky (in a good way!).

A lot about life can be learned from observation. The evidence was often in clear view of Leroy, and he noticed this evidence. Your children will learn that before their eyes is where the answer often is.

I still remember how Leroy once solved a mystery by something he didn't see, rather than what he did.

I fully recommend "Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown #1)."

Anthony Trendl
TreeFortBooks.com
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Delirium on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 8-year old son does not like to read. The fact makes me especially sad, because the rest of the family is full of avid readers. But "Encyclopedia Brown" books kept his interest up. The books are collections of short stories with a mystery in them. Sometimes it takes logic, attention to details, and sometimes it takes some real knowledge to solve them. These are great books to read together, and I think I will always remember fun times of reading them with my son.

My son and I wish there were more of them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This story is about a boy who starts a detective business and his name is Leroy Brown, but all his friends call him Encyclopedia. His father is the cheif of police and no one in the city of Idaville(where he lives)had gotten away with any crime in over one year! Whenever his father gets a hard case, he tells it to Leroy and it's solved very fast, but it's their little secret. The answers to all the cases are in the back of the book, but sometimes it's fun to solve them yourself. Some cases are easier than others and some are harder than others but they all make this a good book!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M Johnson on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read the whole series of Encyclopedia Brown books as a child and believe these books were the key to my desire to read so much. The mysteries/cases were very interesting, and will assist any child with their critical thinking skills and desire to read. The charactors were colorful and real enough to identify with. I truly enjoyed the series and will be purchasing the set to share with my daughter (14 yrs) and of course she will have to wait for me to reread each book just to see if I can solve the cases this time around. Thank you Amazon.com, you do carry everything.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
My Mom gave me Encyclopedia Brown as a reading assignment.
Leroy Brown lives in the town of Idaville. He helps his dad solve police mysteries. No one in Idaville ever gets away with a crime when Encyclopedia is around!
I admire how Leroy stands up to the bully, Bugs Meany.
I really enjoyed trying to solve the mysteries. I think Leroy (Encyclopedia) Brown is the smartest person in the state!
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys solving a challenge. I have read a few others in the series and enjoyed those as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rossander on April 29, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Encyclopedia Brown is a 5th grade boy who solves puzzles, crimes and mysteries as easily and as unconsciously as breathing.
Each book is a series of short mysteries (5-10 pages each) ending with a question - usually "how did Encyclopedia know that X was responsible for the crime". The answer to each mystery is at the back of the book. Solving the mystery takes no special knowledge, but it does require paying attention to detail. Don't turn to the answer too fast.
This book is the first in the series, but the books do not have to be read in order. I loved the Encyclopedia Brown books when I was growing up. I am reading them again before I give them to my nephew who I hope will enjoy them as I did.
Adults who like this series may also enjoy the Lateral Thinking Puzzles books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monique A. Williams on September 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was an avid Encyclopedia Brown fan as a child, and, at 23 years-old, can remember solutions to cases like it was yesterday. (Dogs are color-blind.) I think this series is fantastic for thinking kids, kids who like puzzles and trivia. I found the cases semi-difficult as a child, and think that makes them much more interesting to read. I highly recommend this series.
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