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Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints Hardcover – September 16, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Encyclopedia Brown (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 16, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688046266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688046262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,097,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There will be a brisk demand for Sobol's new book about the boy detective whose adventures have been bestsellers for years. Lively drawings by Owens illustrate 10 cases that Leroy (Encyclopedia) solves and invites readers to puzzle out. In the title story, it seems that odd handprints will make a wheelchair-bound guest a suspect in the theft of his host's valuables. But Encyclopedia recognizes the red herring, absolves the innocent and clinches the case against the culprit. The clues are presented fairly and the solutions are appended for stumped whodunit fans. A simultaneous publication is Encyclopedia Brown's 3rd Record Book of Weird & Wonderful Facts, with pictures by Sal Murdocca; $10.25 ISBN 0-688-05705-5 .
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 The ten-year-old sleuth, accompanied by his "Watson," Sally, solves ten more cases which plague Idaville. Readers are encouraged to guess the solutions, which are printed at the end of the book. Each case is a short five pages in large type, with a simple plot. The solutions usually follow logically from the set-up, and readers just have to pay careful attention to the clues. There are a couple, however, that depend upon special knowledge that a child might not have. Still, readers can enjoy the revelation and admire Encyclopedia for knowing. Much of the evidence wouldn't stand up in a court of law, but who cares? The villain usually confesses anyway. Idaville has a small town atmosphere, and everyone seems to utter cute, folksy turns of phrase, some of them real groaners like, "she could move in the best circles without going straight." One full-page pen-and-ink drawing accompanies each story, and a half-page illustration appears with each solution. No doubt the book will be as popular as the other books in the series, and it won't let fans down. Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Libraries, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Although Donald Sobol has written many wonderful books about Encycolpedia Brown this one required a little more guess work when trying to come up with the requisite solution. Encyclopedia Brown faces his favorite enemy, Bugs Meany and solves cases with his friend Sally. The stories are entertaining but some were a little hard to figure out such as deciphering punctuation and a blouse that was not reported missing. They were clues that were not obvious at all. It's still a good book but the earlier books were better done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
You should get the book Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the mysterious hand prints because it is a great book.Donald J. Sobol wrote many Encyclopedia Brown's and this is the best by far. If you like mystery books Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the mysterious hand prints is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although Donald Sobol has written many wonderful books about Encycolpedia Brown this one required a little more guess work when trying to come up with the requisite solution. Encyclopedia Brown faces his favorite enemy, Bugs Meany and solves cases with his friend Sally. The stories are entertaining but some were a little hard to figure out such as deciphering punctuation and a blouse that was not reported missing. They were clues that were not obvious at all. It's still a good book but the earlier books were better done.
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By LoriO on July 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I like that the mysteries are kinda hard to solve so u have fun doing it more. Plz write more of them!!!
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By gavriel steinman on May 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It was fun to try to find out the answers.I think it was good that you can go right to the answers.
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