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Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case

(Encyclopedia Brown #10)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,478 ratings  ·  40 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
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published 1973)
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Matt
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neo and I finished another set of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, filled with some wonderful stories we can process in a few minutes. The kid detective lives and works mostly in Idaville, USA, keeping the town crime-free, while filling his piggy bank with quarters from those who hire him. Encyclopedia yet again crosses paths with Bugs Meany, deals with a gigantic driver, and helps a child who is concerned a house bit him. These wonderful five-minute mysteries entertain and exercise the brain of bo ...more
Cheryl
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these, even the ones that I don't solve or that 'fudge' a bit. If you do too, I recommend the game "Mindtrap" or The Gollywhopper Games or other books by Jody Feldman. Some would also recommend the Mr. Lemoncello books, but I didn't much care for the first or keep reading them.

Do you have any other recommendations for brainteasers and puzzles for youth and teens?
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Benb
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encyclopedia Brown takes the case 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 g ...more
Neo
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-me
My dad and I finished another set of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, filled with some wonderful stories we can process in a few minutes. The kid detective lives and tends to work in Idaville, USA, keeping the town crime-free, while filling his piggy bank with quarters from those who hire him. Encyclopedia yet again crosses paths with Bugs Meany, deals with a giant driver, and helps a child who is concerned a house bit him. These wonderful five-minute mysteries entertain and exercise the brain of b ...more
Alex
Mar 17, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Taking a little trip through my childhood bookshelf.
Laura
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charliesshelf
Anyone else remember these? Charlie is liking them a lot. I remember when I was his age I could never figure out the solution, but fortunately my education has paid off and now I can get at least half of them! :)
C
We have been reading some old Encyclopedia Brown books through our Corona isolation journey.

They've been fun to revisit, to see them through my daughter's eyes - to have to explain so many references and moments because culturally they are so very different to now.

Overall, they've aged fairly well. A few of the answers aren't actually 100% correct but I remember thinking that when I was young as well.

We have been enjoying reading them together, for sure.
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Ian
The kid makes a move in his stoping in crimes in the town.When people have in his town idaville have mystery that cant be solve Encyclopedia can help.When help is needed encyclopedia saves the day with his mind as a encyclopedia.This should read by 4-6 grade.
Jessica Foster
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have fond memories of reading these on vacation. I loved trying to figure out whodunit. I think this is the type of book that hasn't been replicated, the kind that could stand the test of time, even if the hows of the cases become outdated. ...more
Lily
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Maria Carmo
All of these stories always reveal either a logical exercise in deduction, or some peculiarity which enables the young detectives to solve each case!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 8 January 2018.
jeffrey.Lim is so super duper cool add me up boi
Very fun book. Tough solves
Connor M
a very nice mstrey book
Pooja Banga
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, and his computerlike brain are on the case! No case is too small or too big for the boy detective. He'll solve every mystery in Idaville. ...more
Ms. McCall
First, I’d like to note that a chose a title from this series because at the school library I volunteer at, Encyclopedia Brown has been very popular among the 3rd and 4th graders and I wanted to see what it was all about. I was really surprised to find that the series is quite old! This led me to wonder whether the library collection was lacking mysteries, or whether this series had been book talked in some way by the teachers.
Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown has never gotten a case wrong. The child
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Amanda
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one with lots of fun mini-mysteries to solve. I found these ones, for the most part, a little easier to reason through. And there were fewer stories with solutions that depend on a now-unfamiliar aspect of living than the last volume I read. I can't recommend these books to young mystery-lovers often enough! ...more
Anna
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, juv-books
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This book is about a boy named Leroy Brown, but most people refer to him as Encyclopedia Brown, because similar to an encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Brown has read more books than anyone around, and can solve most crime cases with a single question. There are several cases Encyclopedia has to solve in this volume, including a robbery in Canada, a haunted house in the neighborhood, and a near hit and run by the local bully. The best part about this series is that it allows the reader to guess how
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Elisabeth

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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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. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 4.5 STARS

I loved this mystery series as a kid, but have not read them since so this review is based on my memories. My love of mystery started pretty early and Encyclopedia Brown was among my first series. Each book has several mysteries that you can solve along with Encyclopedia, complete with clues. I could not get enough of these books, and didn't realize that this series started in 1963.

These are easy to read chapter books for young kids.

***This is a series Review***
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Laura
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i think i was mostly averse to this story simply because i thought that by the time i was 25 i would manage to solve the cases myself. but no, this book still had me using fingers to mark my place in the answers.

stupid encyclopedia is bad for my self esteem. :-)
Timothy McNeil
The Case of the Broken Globe is just awful.

Other than that, this volume is really more about careful reading than applied reasoning. And it is getting more than a little creepy how cynical and jaded ten year old Leroy Brown is.
Courtney
Mar 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrenslit, fiction
I loved the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series as a kid. He always solved the case!
Hank
Apr 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
A brilliant rolemodel. I could only wish I knew that much!
Will
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase-read
I liked it. It was really clever, but sometimes I didn't get the stories, even when I looked at the solution. ...more
Sharon
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Juhee.s
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that really makes you think and its reall fun too. There is also a series of book.
Annice22
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, children
These Encyclopedia Brown books were a great way to introduce mystery solving for kids. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Mskychick
Placeholder for rereading Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
Katie
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A great childrens series about a younf boy detective. He solves the mysteries that go on in his town with the help of his friends and insight from his father the police officer.
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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

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