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ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN CRACKS THE CASE


By Donald J. Sobol

Dutton's Children's Books, Sept. 2007 ($15.99)
ISBN: 978-0-525-47924-6

Third grade and up, 8 and up

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

Idaville is a town almost devoid of crime, and only three people, ten-year-old Encyclopedia Brown, his father, the chief of police, and his mother know why. Leroy Brown has read so many books that he's practically a walking library, hence the nickname "Encyclopedia." He can usually solve a crime by asking his dad just the right question, after his mom has ferreted out some of the background information.

There's a new crop of criminals in town, including jewel thieves, con artists, counterfeiters, and bullies, but they are no match for the crime-fighting Brown family. Each chapter features a different crime, and the reader is asked to use the clues to solve the crime. Answers are in the back of the book, and I have to admit I was not always as smart as a third grader.

Encyclopedia made his debut in 1963, and this long-awaited new adventure should entertain a new generation of kids.

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