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More Adventures of the Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
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May 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childhood-favourites, more-times-than-i-can-count, re-read, yorwtfiw
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message 1: by David (new)

David Fuller Oh, I loved ALL these books when I was a kid...

message 2: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj ME TOO! I recently found them at Open Library and I'm reading with a huge grin on my face.

message 3: by David (new)

David Fuller I haven't read them in years, possibly decades! But I read them all, multiple times, in elementary school. One phrase that has stuck with me through the years: the horror of having someone "chaw-raw-beef" your clothes while you are swimming.

message 4: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj Hee! I laughed really hard when I read that last night in the first one. This is probably the first time I've picked them up since elementary school. I am missing books 5 and 7 (I don't remember there being so many!), but hopefully I'll find them eventually.

message 5: by David (new)

David Fuller I think I remember some of the later ones, like The Great Brain at the Academy and Me and My Little Brain, the best. But I still remember the Greek immigrant boy who got beat up until he was allowed to fight freestyle, and the brothers getting the mumps, and little Frankie refusing to talk to everyone in the family except the aunt, and the installation of the new-fangled "water closet"....

message 6: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj Basil, the mumps and the water closet were all in the first one!

The Great Brain at the Academy was my very favourite.

message 7: by David (new)

David Fuller I loved that one too. Wasn't there a lot of sneaking around behind the Jesuits' backs in that one?
I loved the part in Me and My Little Brain where J.D. gets the idea to deal with the criminal by looking at the pull-cord for his light....

message 8: by David (new)

David Fuller And I always wanted to try fishing with jars filled with fluourescent lights...

message 9: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj Growing up in NW Montana, there were a lot of parts I was able to relate to in these books. Swimming hole summers, FTW.

Side note: have you read the current top review of this book? I'm wearing my rageface.

message 10: by David (new)

David Fuller No, but now I will.

message 11: by David (new)

David Fuller Yeesh. I suppose that reviewer wouldn't like Anne of Green Gables either?
And I seem to remember there being plenty of moral lessons, though not preachy ones, about compassion, tolerance and justice. Or am I misremembering?

message 12: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj No, you're absolutely remembering correctly.

message 13: by David (new)

David Fuller Also, I don't get the reviewer's take on the portrayal of Mormons. I never got that from the books. And didn't the entire Osmond family make a movie based on the first book? [shakes head]

message 14: by sj (new) - rated it 4 stars

sj They're FRIENDS with the Mormon kids! The only time they're ever excluded is in the first book when they're trying to get the paddle happy teacher fired and all the kids steal a bit of whiskey from their dads to frame him.

Since the Mormons didn't have alcohol, they weren't included.

Granted, that was a bad idea, but everything ended up all right in the end.

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