Encyclopedia Brown

Encyclopedia BrownRemember Encyclopedia Brown? I loved the series as a kid, and I have to say that I even love it now as an adult. I remember trying desperately to figure out the mysteries, and never being able to do it. One great thing about getting older is that finally as an adult, I can now figure them out! Now as I listen to them, I hear the out-of-place detail, I can figure out the type of clue that Encyclopedia looks for.

I don’t need to describe the series by Daniel J. Sobel because I’m sure you know them well. They’ve aged pretty well — I think I’m the only one who notices how many mysteries depend on not having had a cell phone or the fact that there’s no internet… There’s a little colorful ethnic stereotyping going on, so you just need to watch out for that.

My editionMy seven-year old has been reading my old copies, and then we’ve been listening to the stories in the car. Just good clean stories — the kind that still makes me smile. Do you remember any Encyclopedia Brown mysteries from when you were a kid?

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  1. Madelyn said

    You’re better than me! I picked up those books again when G was younger, and I STILL couldn’t solve them. Cherry pits. Fog on the bathroom mirror. Clearly I do not have the mind of a detective.

  2. I don’t remember any stories, only the solutions. There was one where you needed to know about book pagination (as in, page 7 and page 8 would always be back to back) and one that required knowing that people always faint forwards, not backwards. Or is it the other way around?

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