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History

Books featuring Brown, written by Donald J. Sobol, are subdivided into a number of (possibly interlinked) short stories, each of which presents a mystery. The mystery is always intended to be solved by the reader, thanks to the placement of a logical or factual inconsistency somewhere within the text. Brown invariably solves the case by exposing this inconsistency, but this part of the story is placed at the back of the book; the bulk of the story ends just at the moment when readers are invited to solve the case themselves, or flip to the section in the back with the answers.

They have been popular since the release of the first book in 1963, with many re-issues.

Description of the books

ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN looked like a usual ten-year-old boy. Actually he very unusual. Encyclopedia was a boy who really used his eyes and his ears and his head_and his head was full of facts. As for Idaville, where he lived, no grownup, boy or girl ever got away with breaking the lawthere. That was because Chief of Police Brown's most difficult cases were solved by his son at the dinner table...

Reader's Reviews

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Good books, but they are sometimes a bit predictable.

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Books in the series

  1. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  2. Encyclopedia Brown Strikes Again (Republished as Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch)
  3. Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
  4. Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man
  5. Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
  6. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps The Peace
  7. Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day
  8. Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down
  9. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way
  10. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case
  11. Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand (Republished as Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Exploding Plumbing and Other Mysteries)
  12. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles
  13. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
  14. Encyclopedia Brown Carries On
  15. Encyclopedia Brown Sets the Pace
  16. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake (Co-written with Glenn Andrews)
  17. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
  18. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt
  19. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
  20. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies
  21. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo's Nose
  22. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog
  23. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
  24. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Jumping Frogs
  25. Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Read Aloud Age: 8+

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