Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man (Encyclopedia Brown, #4)
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Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man (Encyclopedia Brown #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,231 ratings  ·  37 reviews

Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood's ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, 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 his most baffling crim

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Yearling (first published 1967)
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Madeline
The Encyclopedia Brown series never disappoints me. It is clever and Encyclopedia is so likable and funny.

As always, Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man has 10 short stories with cases to solve. Out of these, I think I solved 7 or 8 of them. A couple were really easy if you had been paying attention, but some were pretty tough!

I think my favorite story was The Case of the Murder Man. It was different than the rest since it was about a play written by Encyclopedia instead of a case he had to solve.

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Alex Ristea
My last Encyclopedia Brown, and that's OK with me since the appeal is wearing off. The cases aren't quite as fun anymore, and they're becoming more and more of a stretch. It's almost turning into a machine where it's so easy to pump out new cases, which works great for the author and I'm sure many kids (younger me included).

Shelving this to the "happy childhood memories I don't wait to ruin, so I'll leave them alone."

(PS I only solved like three of the cases in this one. I swear I'm not bitter s...more
Timothy McNeil
Sobol doesn't make any glaring errors in this edition (at least none that I spotted), but he has more than one problem with the final mystery.

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Julesmarie
I thought this was better than #3, but not quite as good as #1 or #2. There was significantly less racism/bigotry in this one (yes, I know, they were written in the 1960's, things were different) and there were more puzzle-type mysteries rather than mysteries that required knowledge of obscure facts.

My favorite in this one was the mystery that Encyclopedia came up with to help his friend write the play. The change of approach was fun and refreshing.
Eman710
this is a very good book because it's interesting to me how this kid about 10 years old solves all these cases with the smallest mistakes. his dad is a policeman and the kid Leroy also called encyclopedia solves half of his cases. as i have been reading these books I've actually began to figure out some cases every once in a while.
Cheryl in CC NV
Plenty of humor. I solved all but one case, but I had to really think about some of them. The one I didn't solve was the one Encyclopedia wrote himself, for a play. They were all 'fair' in the sense that they didn't involve really obscure knowledge or tricky situations.
David
This is another one of those books I remember reading from the '70s. I think I went through all of the books in the library.

I just noticed something in the front of the book which I haven't seen before.

HEY, KIDS!

Do you have a wacky story to tell about an animal, a fact, a crime, a sport? The funnier and wackier the better! But it must be true.

You can write about it, or enclose a clipping from your local newspaper, or send a note from your parents or teacher verifying the story. If it is included...more
Tom
This was one of the later mysteries where the series took a dark turn and Encyclopedia has to figure out who killed Sally Kimball's baby. [Spoiler alert: In a shocking twist at the end, it turns out that Sally had an abortion.]
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
There was a bit of longing when I read this book. Encyclopedia's father was so patient and caring with him. He helped Encyclopedia learn without hitting him or calling him stupid. I wish I had a father like Encycopedia's.
Mattea
it was awesome it was going to be the book i read for school but it made me read the hole set
Dolly
Nov 18, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading mysteries
This is another fun edition of short mysteries in the Encyclopedia Brown series of books by Donald J. Sobol. It's a nostalgic read for me and entertaining for our girls.

We are very slowly making our way through this series. We waited more almost two years after reading books 1 and 2 in this series and almost two more years after reading book 3. But now that our girls are older, they are huge fans.

We read all of the stories over the course of a couple of evenings and our girls were fascinated by...more
Melissa
Encyclopedia Brown was one of my first crushes as a little girl. Seems like brainy guys appealed to me then as well as now. So much fun to go back and revisit this old friend.
Elisabeth

Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, 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 his most baffling crimes. And with ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopedia have a chance to solve them, but the reader i

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Brock Boland
read a few of these in middle school and liked them!
The Styling Librarian
Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man by Donald J. Sobol - Mystery, 3rd grade and up – Just finished this 4th book in the series. Still love them. Still enjoy solving the mysteries with my kiddo. I was a bit thrown when I heard that there are talks about turning Encyclopedia Brown into a movie. I never watched the HBO adaptation of the series, not so sure I’m excited about a movie… but I bet my kiddo will be! http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapte...
Raja99
I've read this book before; I'm not sure how many times. I hadn't planned on rereading it all now, but it was hard to stop.

I was surprised by how many times I remembered the critical clue before I reread it. The only story where I didn't remember the critical clue at all was the ninth, "The Case of the Murder Man"; for that one, I actually reread it, trying to figure it out. I'm not sure whether I did figure it out, or whether reading it twice reminded me.

(Finished 2008-07-31 17:22 EDT.)
Carman
Encyclopeida loves to help right wrongs. He helps adults as well as the neigborhood kids solve mysteries. These short cases are short enough to keep a second grader's interest, but include enough clues that children can process the information and find the bad guy just like Encyclopedia.
Alex
The third book in the "re-reads with my Dad".

This one provided a lot of entertainment, as once again the "solutions" really didn't solve anything. I'm really having a lot of fun reading these and laughing over them.

3 stars for nostalgia's sake.
Rainier
I don't know, just about mysteries. My favorite mystery I think this is in book three but I can't remember. There was a pie eating race and someone had to eat 2 pies and there were twins.
Kaisera
My kids really enjoyed me reading these to them. I love reading to my kids, and these books really got them into the story and figuring out the mystery.
Jill
Both kids are still really enjoying these books--it's fun to read them to them. We skipped #3, but are going back to that one cause they like them so much.
Michelle
These are such a fun read. I hadn't read them since I was a kid, but read it while Madison had it checked out. Will definitely read another.
Hayley Ridley
These books are amazing! I have only read a few of them, but I already love them. they are increasingly funny. The author is brilliant!
Sharon
I've not been much of a mystery fan as an adult, but I loved this series, and read the ones in our library several times.
Hannah
It really fun because you have to solve the case as your reading .If you can't get it,the answers are in the back.
Hank
A brilliant rolemodel as a child. I could only wish I knew that much, and it made me look for more knowledge!
Leonard
Zach and I listened to these on our recent road trip. I don't find them very interesting , but he does.
Kate
A fun dective stories that make you think. The answer is always right in front of you if you pay attention.
Selah
selah says: "many mysteries were solved. i enjoyed the book so much that i decided to review it."
Xavier
Feb 17, 2011 Xavier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cheree,and friends
I thought that the cases where great and a little challenging,but I liked the first and last cases.
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Donald J. Sobol was an award-winning writer best known for his children's books, especially the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series. Mr. Sobol passed away in July of 2012.
More about Donald J. Sobol...
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