Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown Series #1)

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown Series #1)


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Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes. And with ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopedia have a chance to solve them, but the reader is given all the clues as well. Interactive and chock full of interesting bits of information—it’s classic Encyclopedia Brown!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142408889
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Series: Encyclopedia Brown Series , #1
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 36,806
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Donald J. Sobol was the author of the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia Brown series and many other books. His awards include a special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his contribution to mystery writing in the United States, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice Award for Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace.

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best literature I have read in a while
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only in 4th grade and i love it a 5star book
Desiree Cotto More than 1 year ago
Very good series
GCandy More than 1 year ago
My 9 and 11 year old grandsons enjoy Encyclopedia Brown books. The books are fun to read, but they also make them think about different situations. And I like that it's a series of books, making shopping easier for me. I remember buying Encyclopedia Brown books for my son over 20 years ago! Some books (like these) never go out of style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series as a child, and I was thrilled to introduce it to my 8 year old. He is going around looking for mysteries now! A great - quick read for kids!
Aminah Sanders More than 1 year ago
I loved these series a child. My own child loves them, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, Encyclopedia Brown is an 11 year old boy who knows a lot more than I do, and we are the same age. He lives in a normal sized city called Idaville. His dad is the chief of police department in Idaville. Encyclopedia likes to help his dad with his cases. The town thinks his dad is the best policeman when actually it is the work of his son. My favorite quote from Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective is, ¿He was like a complete library walking around in sneakers.¿ I like this quote because it describes Encyclopedia Brown so well. It makes me think that he knows everything but he is just a boy in sneakers that could be playing football with me at recess. There are 10 cases in the book that Encyclopedia Brown solves. At the end of each case, it tells you to go to a certain page in the back of the book to see how Encyclopedia solved the case. It is so cool to see how he thought through the events that happened and then decide how to solve the case. I have three favorite cases in this book. In the first one, The Case of the Civil War Sword, a boy named Peter Brown wants to trade a bike for a sword that might have been used in the Civil War. Encyclopedia Brown looked at the sword and says it might be worth twenty bikes if it was given to Stonewall Jackson. This case is hard because I have to find out things about the Civil War so I can see if it is really worth Peter¿s bike. In the second case, The Case of the Bank Robber, the problem is why they can¿t charge a robber for robbery because he only had a loaf of bread in his sack. A robber and a blind man beggar collided on the sidewalk after the bank had been robbed, then began to roll down the street after. I like this case because I did not think that all that the robber stole was a loaf of bread, so I got fooled. While I read this case, I thought that the blind man was not really blind. This case was hard because when the answer key told me the answer, I didn¿t think that it was even possible. I like Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective because every case I read makes me want to solve the problem. I get to be Encyclopedia and solve the mystery myself. Like in the case of the Bank Robber, I have to find out how Encyclopedia Brown knows who did it. I recommend that you read this book because it is exciting. It never gets boring because each case is short and then it is on to a new case. Also, after I read this book, it encouraged me to read more Encyclopedia Brown books and there are lots of them to choose from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boi, what are you doing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Star Awesome Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so cool everybody should have it Drew
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
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TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leroy Brown is so smart everyone calls him Encyclopedia and when he starts helping his father, the chief of police, solve crimes a boy detective is born. The book is presented as a collection of short riddles tied together by the common story of the protagonist, Encyclopedia. The 10 page mysteries are left solved, but unsolved, so the reader has a moment to figure it out on their own before flipping to the back to find the answer. This book has definite appeal, especially to mystery lovers, as part of a long series, and containing short sections for readers at different reading levels. The 'fringe' content might be getting out of date even though the cover has been revamped. Readers in grades 1-5, boys and girls.
Venqat65 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the book that started it all. What a wonderful book and a wonderful series that builds up the children who read these! Stimulates the mind and gives children a great role model.Education is good!!!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The first book in this long running kids series introduces us to Encyclopedia Brown and his mind for facts. As in all the books, there are 10 cases for him to solve, and we are given the clues to solve them along with him. I'd love to say that I figured all these out on this reread. Really, I would. A few I remembered, but most of the time I was stumped. I had a rough idea what the clue was, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Guess I'm still not smarter than a fifth grader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the best book I have ever read in my life.
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Pretty good but in order to get to the solotions you have to scroll through the last chapter to readthem
jak18 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Encyclopedia Brown 28 book series. I read it as research for my novel. I've seen these books for years at the bookstore where I used to work and at libraries. They are all short chapter books recommended for readers aged 7 and up. Pretty good. Each chapter concerns a mystery case solved by the well-read and logical thinker Encyclopedia Brown, who is 10. His real name is Leroy but everyone except his parents and teachers call him by his nickname because his "head was like an encyclopedia. It was filled with facts he had learned from books. He was like a complete library walking around in sneakers." Mr Brown, his father, is the chief of police for their small town. Idaville, in this first book, is typical for the mid 60s. Kids ride all around on their bikes and are allowed to roam about after dark. After Encyclopedia helps his father solve a puzzling case, using observation and logic in the style of Sherlock Holmes, he decides to go into the detective business himself. He makes up handbills (now there is an old term) and a sign, charges 25¢ per day (plus expenses) and eventually takes on a bodyguard and junior partner named Sally Kimbal. At the end of each chapter, after the mystery has been solved, are the words HOW DID ENCYCLOPEDIA KNOW THIS? or some variation of that question. The reader is directed to a page in the back of the book for the solution. Of course, I tried to figure out each one on my own first and I imagine a young reader would do the same. I wonder if Donald Sobol updates the environment as the series progresses. The 28th book was published in 2012.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Sometimes you can figure out the mystery without looking at the answer. My favoite mystery was the watermelon staber. I totally recemend this book.