Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way (Encyclopedia Brown #9)
I think what showed up the most in this one is not the dated data needed for some of the facts, but the attempts to let girls be less stereotypically girly. They fail. Sally is non-girly because she knows how to use her fists. Edwina (a victim in a lame case) is non-girly because she passes as a boy to join a sports team. Sobol just doesn't get it. Eh, but I forgive him. Read the books for the puzzles, not for their gre ...more
My favorite mystery here would probably be The Case of the Headless Runner.
But my favorite thing about this book are two fun quotes:
"You're a squirrel's idea of heaven," retorted Bugs.
and about the substitute pitcher in a pee-wee baseball game:
Warren's lack of control for the rest of the inning was perfect. He never missed hitting a bat except when he hit an arm or a leg. Six runs were scored.
Once again, this was filled with some implausible "solutions" (view spoiler)[(ALL magicians must have long-sleeves? Really? That's a law? Also, apparently dogs have nervous breakdowns if you run past them naked... (hide spoiler)] but that's most of the fun.["br"]>["br"]>
Leroy Brown is back in the next six books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. As Idaville’s ten-year-old star detective, Encyclopedia has an uncanny knack for trivia. With his unconventional knowledge, 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 some of the most baffling crimes. With ten confounding mysteries in each b...more