Donald J. Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown, dies at 87
A quiet note this past week, but one worth mentioning for sure. I read every Encyclopedia Brown book our school library had. A 10-yr old Sherlock in sneakers who charged 25 cents a case and never missed. The cases were often solved at the dinner table (remember when families always ate there?) and usually before dessert. Occasionally, a case would involve kids in the neighborhood being menaced by the aptly-named Bugs Meany, who never could get one past young Leroy Brown. And the muscle was provided by a loyal female sidekick named Sally. Sobol had a great format in that the case was solved first with no more than a few questions, and then explained in detail. Very much the way a certain Mr. Holmes used to do it.
Just some reassuring proof that stories can be simple and still be memorable. And the ultimate compliment to a writer is to say I enjoyed his work more than 25 years after I last put it down.