Reviews for Encyclopedia Brown : And the Case of the Jumping Frogs


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 February 2004
Gr. 4-6. Things are just as they always have been in Idaville. Encyclopedia Brown is still 10-years-old, still helping his police-chief father nab suspects, and still charging kids only 25 cents to solve their cases. (Note to Encyclopedia: to make more money, consider babysitting). Another thing that remains the same is the pleasure of trying to solve the minimysteries along with the boy genius. Most of these 10 cases aren't particularly easy to crack. For instance, to solve the first mystery, a reader will need to know which number in the English language is spelled with letters that are in alphabetical order. Even so, both the mysteries and their solutions are fun to ponder. The pencil illustrations are pale and rather stiff, but the photograph on the cover, featuring a Macaulay Culkin look-alike as Encyclopedia, is delightful. ((Reviewed February 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
The preteen detective solves ten new cases, including mysteries involving a stolen contest entry and a missing diamond ring. Readers trying to match wits with Encyclopedia Brown will find the answers at the back of the volume, though some may cry ""unfair!"" at the arcane knowledge necessary to solve some of these mysteries. The accompanying soft-focus illustrations lack vitality. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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