Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown #1)

A Civil War sword...

A watermelon stabbing...

Missing roller skates...

A trapeze artist's inheritance...

And an eyewitness who's legally blind!

Theses are just some of the ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain. Try to crack the cases along with him--the answer to all the mysteries are found in the back!

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By Bill (Warwick, RI) · ★★★★★ · June 19, 2011
I could say that I loved the Encyclopedia Brown series as a kid, but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. I wanted to *be* Encyclopedia Brown. When you're the nerdy kid on your block, and you discover a character who is the smartest kid in school, kind of popular despite that fact, can not only st... ...more
By Seth (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★☆ · November 20, 2007
Give this to the nearest 6-10 year-old (or adult who wants to be 6-10 years old again). It isn't the "can you solve it, too" mystery aspect, although that's fun enough, it's the attitude: Brown loves--and doesn't fear--a good problem, he wants to help people, he has a good relationship with his f... ...more
By Alex (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★★★☆ · August 29, 2011
A sudden fit of nostalgia prompted me to buy and read this. It took like half an hour. It was pretty fun! I love the old-school vision of America, sorta Tom Sawyer-y, where boys spun eggs for fun and 25 cents was a treasure.

Most of the mysteries are not as mysterious as I remember them. You know... ...more
By Alex (Canada) · ★★★★☆ · November 06, 2013
Things I have learned today:

- I probably shouldn't become a detective
- I am no better at Encyclopedia Brown than when I was little

These books are such a throwback to childhood. I remember being so happy when a new one that I hadn't read would appear in my local library.

Each case is pretty short (... ...more
By Scott · ★★★★★ · April 22, 2013
"Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective" by Donald J. Sobol was a great series, and I think I read all of them. More than once. I thank (or blame) this series for starting me on my love of the mystery genre. These are gateway books. Finishing this series will lead one to read the Hardy Boys and Nancy... ...more
By Brynn (Bay Shore, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · May 25, 2013
I loved this series as a kid...and may have read it when last week in the closet. :)
Though when you think of it, a lot of his evidence isn't very sound. Like this kid destroyed a tent because he was wearing short sleeves..... ...more
By Aimee · ★★★☆☆ · February 12, 2015
I used to like this series when I was little. Much more so than I liked Nancy Drew; in fact, I think Nancy Drew may be one of the most overrated children's-book characters out there.
I liked Encyclopedia Brown's books because they were short, and I could often figure out the solution to the myster... ...more
By Lauren · ★★★★★ · July 09, 2009
I would go to the library and check out 10 of these at a time. I *loved* Encyclopedia Brown :) ...more
By James (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 06, 2013
I recently revisited one of my favorite series from childhood, and I was SHOCKED by what I found. Encyclopedia Brown seems to belong to the same genre as Huckleberry Finn, those books that were classics when they were written but would most definitely NOT meet today's standards of political corre... ...more
By Julesmarie (Goodyear, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · April 16, 2013
Very fun! There were several things I really liked about this one. First, it's the first children's mystery series I've found with a boy as the main character.

Second, I LOVED that the solutions to the mysteries were all at the back of the book, so they couldn't accidentally be spoiled if you wan... ...more