Parents' Guide to

Encyclopedia Brown Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Boy solves crimes that stump adults in fun, funny mysteries.

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The writing in these mysteries is fast-paced, fun, and full of sly jokes. Each self-contained chapter in the Encyclopedia Brown books is only 8-10 pages long, so early or reluctant readers of chapter books will have an easy time focusing, and more advanced readers can whiz through case after case. The characters aren't at all complex and the names in the series are clues themselves (any kid named "Bugs Meany" or "Lefty Dobbs" is bound to be trouble), and there's humor in that simplicity. There isn't a lot of diversity in Idaville, but the series does try to expand gender roles a bit -- a girl playing football or having a better left hook than any boy. These are fun mysteries set in relatable situations, and the solutions will even keep adults guessing.

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