Bibliographic Information: Sobol, Donald J. (1965) Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch. New York, NY: Yearling Publishing.
Brief Annotation: A cross-eyed baseball pitch, a kid-lover turned kidnapper, a watermelon stabbing, and a trapeze artist’s inheritance. What do these things have in common? They are all part of the ten mysteries solved by gifted kid detective Encyclopedia Brown. Read on to discover the connection.
Grade Level: Grades 5-6
Readers who will like this: Critical thinking and problem solving students will want to crack the cases. Boys will also like this book because it focuses on sports as part of the mystery.
Rating/Response: 7/10. Another classic, but too predictable. It makes sense that this kid is able to solve the mysteries, because they aren’t too tough. It makes me sad for Encyclopedia’s father, the real detective, who needs the help of his young son to crack these cases.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is the first step YOU take when trying to solve a problem?
Posted by: Billy Gregg