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Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way (Encyclopedia Brown #9)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  946 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Puffin Books (first published 1972)
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Julesmarie
This time I learned that apparently dogs can have nervous breakdowns... who knew.

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.
Jana
I used to LOVE the Encyclopedia Brown series when I was a kid. I saved my allowance and bought each of the books whenever I had the chance. I would always feel very smart each time I was able to figure out the mystery and inspired to read more and learn more whenever I had to peek at the answers. I've been reading Two Minute Mysteries by the same author to my fifth grade students and they've been enjoying those. So there has been a renewed interest in Encyclopedia Brown in my class. I found this ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I recommend Encyclopedia Brown. I was 8 when I first encountered this series. I loved it. It was recommended by a boy that I liked. What I liked about these books is that it taught me how to think before making wild guesses. Each book had several cases which were easy to read and follow for a child. I recommend this to any parent looking for helping their child to use logic and deductive reasoning. Great on how to look at relevant facts at a child's level.
Alex
Another Encyclopedia Brown re-read with my dad. I'm having so much fun laughing at the ridiculousness of this series.

Once again, this was filled with some implausible "solutions" (view spoiler) but that's most of the fun.
Steven Law
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I loved reading these stories when I was a kid, and can't wait to read them to my own.
Maria Carmo
Even thought they become a bit repetitive, there is always something one can learn by reading these books, as well as pure logical exercising of one's mind!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 8 January 2018.
Gina
Finished 3/2/17
Lily
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Jtroby
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read Encyclopedia Brown to research books for elementary students. Encyclopedia Brown is a 10 year old kid who likes to solve the neighborhood crimes. He has his own detective agency and kids who are looking to hire Encyclopedia pay him $.25. There are 10 crimes in the book, and it's up to the reader to answer the questions at the end of the chapter. In this novel, there are classic cases, such as the case of the girl shortstop, case of the headless runner, and the case of the lady gh ...more
Elisabeth
Dec 28, 2012 added it
Shelves: books-i-own

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

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Emily
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this all in one evening with my boyfriend, passing the book back and forth and reading the stories out loud to each other. The best part by far was laughing at how poorly some of it holds up in 2016. Clearly there was no such thing as PC in 1972! It's pretty funny to hear Encyclopedia talking about midgets, fat kids, and girls like it's nothing.

The stories are entertaining; while the solutions are a little far-fetched and overly focused on small details, they're usually pretty clever. Defi
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Benb
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way by Donald J. Sobol is a great series of mysteries for all ages. I recommend this book to others because it exercises your brain and makes you think. every story has a different mystery and all are tricky to solve. I think this book can inspire others to think harder and try harder at different things. I also enjoy this book because I like mysteries.Now that I have read one encyclopedia brown I want to read another. Overall encyclopedia brown shows the way is a go ...more
Karen
Clever and a very quick read with several short stories, then flipping to the back for the solutions to the mysteries. The format encourages attention to detail and re-reading for comprehension, while not being as big of a commitment as a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys novel. I would think this would be great to get a remedial reader hooked on reading.
Caroline
Feb 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm clearly struggling to develop a taste for beginning reader series books. I absolutely understand why kids like them and think they are incredibly important to provide access to, but I haven't been having the best time reading them. And I know many may consider this sacrilege, but I truly hated Encyclopedia Brown. Ugh.
Timothy McNeil
FINALLY...

I have been re-reading the series in an effort to find the first one I read as a child (and the only one the family owned). This is it. Maybe I can stop now.

Sobol gets back to teaching children things in this volume, but his logic does not always hold up to adult examination. Still better than the few that came before it.
Jacob
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You should chooose this book for your kids because it has short mysteries that you can solve yourself and then check the answer in the back of the book to see if you are right. Some of them are easy and some are really hard.
Nathaniel
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it
Jun R.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book when I was a kid.
Cupof Tea
My best one word description from high school was "Babyish".
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are fantastic books. I loved them as a kid. You can solve the mysteries along with Encyclopedia Brown, all the clues are in the story. They make you think. Very recommended for young readers
Annice22
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, children
Fun little mystery book.
Sharon
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Catherine Woodman
I shared a passion for these with Jake
Caleb
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it
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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.
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“SURE? The Case of the Knockout Artist Bugs Meany’s heart burned with a great desire. It was to get even with Encyclopedia. Bugs hated being outsmarted by the boy detective. He longed to punch Encyclopedia so hard on the jaw that the lump would come out the top of his head. Bugs never raised a fist, though. Whenever he felt like it, he remembered Sally Kimball. Sally was the prettiest girl in the fifth grade—and the best fighter. She had done what no boy under twelve had dreamed was possible. She had flattened Bugs Meany! When Sally became the boy detective’s junior partner, Bugs quit trying to use muscle on Encyclopedia. But he never stopped planning his day of revenge. “Bugs hates you more than he does me,” warned Encyclopedia. “He’ll never forgive you for whipping him.” Just then Ike Cassidy walked into the detective agency. Ike was one of Bugs’s pals. “I’m quitting the Tigers,” he announced. “I want to hire you. But you’ll have to take the quarter from my pocket. I can’t move my fingers.” “What’s this all about?” asked Encyclopedia. “Bugs’s cousin, Bearcat Meany, is spending the weekend with him,” said Ike. “Bearcat is only ten, but he’s built like a caveman. Bugs said he’d give me two dollars to box a few rounds with Bearcat. “Bearcat tripped you and stepped on your fingers?” guessed Encyclopedia. “No, he used his head,” said Ike. “I gave him my famous one-two: a left to the nose followed by a right to the chin. I must have broken both my hands hitting him.” “You should have worn boxing gloves,” said Sally. “We wore gloves,” said Ike. “Man, that Bearcat is something else!” “Did he knock you out?” asked Encyclopedia. “He did and he didn’t,” said Ike. “His first punch didn’t knock me out and it didn’t knock me down. But it hurt so much I just had to go down anyway.” “Good grief!” gasped Encyclopedia. “H-he licked you with one punch?” “With two,” corrected Ike. “When I got up, he hit me again. I was paralyzed. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t move enough to fall down.” “Bearcat sounds like a coming champ,” observed Sally. “He’s training for the next Olympics,” said Ike. “Isn’t he a little young?” said Sally. “You tell him that,” said Ike. “He hurt me when he breathed on me.” The more Encyclopedia heard about Bearcat, the unhappier he became.” 0 likes
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