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...
Good books, but they are sometimes a bit predictable.
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Books in the series
- Reading Age: 10+
- Read Aloud Age: 8+
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