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Gr. 4-6. Things are just as they always have been in Idaville. Encyclopedia Brown is still 10-years-old, still helping his police-chief father nab suspects, and still charging kids only 25 cents to solve their cases. (Note to Encyclopedia: to make more money, consider babysitting). Another thing that remains the same is the pleasure of trying to solve the minimysteries along with the boy genius. Most of these 10 cases aren't particularly easy to crack. For instance, to solve the first mystery, a reader will need to know which number in the English language is spelled with letters that are in alphabetical order. Even so, both the mysteries and their solutions are fun to ponder. The pencil illustrations are pale and rather stiff, but the photograph on the cover, featuring a Macaulay Culkin look-alike as Encyclopedia, is delightful. Ilene Cooper
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Can the secret weapon in Idaville?s war on crime really be a ten-year-old boy in sneakers? It can if it?s Encyclopedia Brown!

Encyclopedia is back with ten all-new mysteries to solve, along with the help of his partner, Sally Kimball, the prettiest and toughest girl in the fifth grade. They?ll have to face Bugs Meany, who?s up to his old tricks, and Wilford Wiggins, who?s still dreaming up new schemes to trick the kids of Idaville out of their money. Plus there?s lots of new characters too!

The solutions to all the mysteries are in the back?but can you solve them first? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Encyclopedia Brown (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553487582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553487589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently discovered that Encyclopedia Brown is still an active detective. Yes, his old books are in print. But there are new books coming out that weren't around when I was a kid. Curious, I had to read one.

The old formula is still in place. In fact, I could probably quote most of the opening chapter from memory if I had tried. As is always the case, this book presents us with 10 new cases for Encyclopedia to solve. The first chapter features him helping his father capture a jewel thief. From there, he spends the rest of the book helping the neighborhood kids. He saves them from investing in a pill that stops water leaks. He identifies the author of an essay. He stops several thefts. And, yes, he still has a couple of run ins with Bugs Meany, the most appropriately named bully in kid lit history.

And he still stumps me. I thought as an adult, surely I'd figure out most of the cases. Nope, I got two of them. I was on the right track with a few more, but several still stumped me. Only one of them was so obscure that it was basically impossible.

I did discover that the stories were shorter and characters shallower than I remember them being. Not that you can expect when each story is about six pages long. One of those pages is devoted to a detailed pencil illustration.

I'm glad to see that my old pal Encyclopedia is still around to entertain a new generation of kids. Long may that be the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne C. Spencer on February 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With just one question, the supersmart Leroy (a.k.a Encyclopedia) Brown will solve each mystery as he has for the past thirty years, using his superior logic skills. And because readers love to match wits with him, this series will endure for many more years, it is certain. Teachers can bedevil their students by reading a mystery each morning (they take about a minute each) and then letting the class try to solve it before the end of the day. When I did this, I had to hide the book in the trunk of my car because the kids were desperate to figure out the answer. Delightfully innocent, wonderfully tricky, all ages will love these quick vignettes with answers at the back of the book. Would also be good to use with seniors!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vitas J Raciunas on April 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am ten years old and before I got a kindle I would always get these books from the library. When my mom found one of these books for me I immediately liked the books when I barely finished the first chapter. It's basically a mystery in each chapter that you can either figure out on your own or you could take a look at the solutions in the back of the book. I only didn't buy the book because I have to save up to buy it. Oh and don't mind the reviewer name it's just because I don't have an account and it has to be one of my parents acccount.
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Format: Hardcover
My kids love E.B. books and were quite happy reading/solving the first few. Then our school required this one for a book club. Turns out these are really pretty obscure and harder to solve. Also, Idaville and E.B. have moved to a weird parallel universe. My 8 year old & I both want to know what a "computer museum" is, as apparently Idaville now has one. While I applaud an attempt to update the books, the mysteries aren't as fun or as solvable. Really, it was easier to explain some of the antique stuff (what's a gasoline can?) than to understand the updates.
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