Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch (Encyclopedia Brown #2)
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective and The Case of the Secret Pitch – two collections of mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain.
A cross-eyed baseball pitch...
A kid-lover tumed kidnapper...
A watermelon stabbing...
A trapeze artist's inheritance...
These are just some of the brain-twisters included. Try to crack...more
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[gushy love song follows:]
"Time to practice your deductive reasoning skills," I announce, and they all sit up straight, close their mouths, and fix their eyes on me.
It's the only time during the period when I don't have to wait for silence, the only time I don't have to remind them to be civil, the only time I've got every single student focusing on the same objective.
NOBODY sleeps through Encyclopedia Brown. Nobody interrupts, nobody stares out the window, ...more
Encyclopedia Brown is NOT your typical child detective. No Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys type of story here! Each short chapter provides all the needed information for Encyclopedia (and the reader) to solve the mystery. The solution to every case is provided in the back of the book.
What is great about these is that it teaches children to think through scenarios using known information to figure out the missing piece of the puzzle. As an adult I didn't have trouble catching ...more
Leroy Brown known to everyone around town as Encyclopedia Brown, born is a ten year ol ...more
One th ...more
My favorite thing is still that the solutions to the mysteries are at the end of the book so they can't be accidentally spoiled. Very clever!
However, these books are certainly a product of their time--and not always in a good way. After (re)reading two of the books in the last few days, I noticed any time a child stole from another child, the child doing the stealing was described with clues to let you know they were poor (pants too short, lawn filled with junk, ...more
Ugh. So, this was written in 1965 but I've read older things (hello Wizard of Oz and Little House in the Big Woods) that had less time specific vernacular than this. It was like putting itching powder in the daily wash! (one of these anachronisms).
I get that the cases are supposed to be hard for 3rd-6th graders but they were dumb. And not just easy dumb, but dumb. I used to really enjoy Ency ...more
I read a story with my students every year. As I cleaned up the book mess last year, I came across this book. It has been in my To Read pile since.
The formula is set. I had read the "The Case of a Glass of Ginger Ale" within the last few years. It's an obvious sol ...more
This is a placeholder, or rather a place counter, since stupid GoodReads does not allow one to count re-read books towards one's total book read count for the year.
Even though I've read the book before, I READ THE DAMN BOOK THIS YEAR, AND IT COUNTS TOWARD MY F#%KING COUNTS!
Stupid Goodreads *grumble, grumble*
Encyclopedia Brown books are the best fun for a kid looking to exercise some brain power. Good logic puzzles.
The thing that sucks is the formatting for the books sucks. From no hyperlinked solutions to the way page breaks are happening so that one can get a picture, a caption to a picture or even just the border to the start of a story for a page or two. Let alone the solutions aren't even listed in the table of contents. You have to scroll through the last sto ...more