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Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books) Paperback – October 18, 2007
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I'll admit, my kids aren't crazy about reading, but they enjoy reading these. They are perfect for my 10 year-old, but my 8 year-old struggles a little bit with them--that's where Dad swoops in and saves the day and helps explain things and helps with some of the bigger words. If you're on here looking for books for your kids, then you've undoubtedly heard the saying "Learning to read and reading to learn". These books provide a great opportunity for your child to increase their reading ability, but also requires them to read and think critically to help solve the mystery. I'm no readin' teacher, but I think these books are a fantastic way to help teach your kids real-world problem solving skills.
If you are unfamiliar with these stories, they follow the young Leroy (Encyclopedia) Brown as he runs a detective agency (all mysteries solved for 25 cents!) solving crimes in his town where his father is chief of police. Each story lays out facts and clues and leaves it up to the reader to solve the mystery (don't worry, answers are in the back of the book).
The stories are short, entertaining, and informative. Every youngster should have these on their bookshelf.
In short, they are brief child detective stories, usually around 6 to 8 pages each. Follows kids in the neighborhood asking young Encyclopedia Brown (Boy Detective) for help solving kid mysteries. The stories are short so my daughter can read them and stay focused without her mind wondering to other things. She gets to play detective and try and figure out the mystery as the story unfolds. As each story ends, the reader gets to think of how Enclycopedia Brown will solve the mystery before turning to the back of the book for the answer. This keeps my child engaged as she reads as she loves to see if she can solve each mystery.
The books are short and easy to read. The stories go quick. These books seem to be a perfect length for young readers to actually enjoy reading without getting bored. I loved them. My daughter loves them. Hopefully the fun she has will lead her to love longer books throughout life.
All that to say that the books must have been pretty good if he wanted to take the next in the series to the beach with him! That's a good review!
My boys are almost 6 and 8 years old, and they love this series! My husband and I read to them almost every night and sometimes it takes effort on our part. This series has made reading before bed something that my kids really look forward to now. My oldest is readying along with me and let's me know when I've missed a word. :)
"What's the next case mommy?" They love it! It's teaching them to pay more attention to the story to see if they can figure out how Encyclopedia solved the case. I've very happy I found this series from Donald Sobol and I highly recommend it!
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By inviting the reader to decipher the mystery, it involves him/her much more than if it was just a typical mystery story and this box set is quite special because it includes four books for a reduced price.
Now, just like some of the puzzles in Professor Layton and some of the mysteries in Case Closed, not all of the mysteries here always make sense and some are questionable. Still, for the most part, they are brilliantly designed and greatly stimulating.
I grew up with these series and still find them a privilege to read so I would say, if you're not yet acquainted with the honorable Encyclopedia Brown (Leroy to his parents) yet, buy yourself this box set now. It has the first 4 books in the collection so it's the perfect place to start! :)
I am always searching for books for my boy - and we are usually faced with shelf after shelf after shelf of books that are glittery, pink, purple or flower covered - which is wonderful for those girls or boys who want that, but so completely NOT what he wants. I was reminded of this series while in a second hand shop and I'm so glad to see that they've been re-issued in a modern format.
have fun and enjoy!
Eventually I hope to get the whole collection.
I read this as a child and read it all again as an adult, and enjoyed it even more.
I purchased this for my nephew, and it actually improved his reading and critical thinking skills.
What an excellent series.
Thank you Mr. Sobol.