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If you enjoy the strange combination of youth detective stories and recipes, then you'll love "Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake" (notice the catchy title for cooking); however, for me this book was an arduous read at best. That being said, on the other hand, "The Case of the Missing Watchgoose" showed a wonderfully darker side to Donald J. Sobol's writings. That case was actually quite funny and was better than most in the entire series.
Saw this in the thrift store and for 20 cents I figured it was worth that in nostalgia value alone. I loved the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid and read a number of them. This one however is kinda different. It's more than half cookbook. While the recipes all seem like foods kids would like (and like to make), this is an odd combination kind of book. It's a bit like one of those knives with all the added tools and attachments, kinda neat as a novelty item and potentially useful in some unusual...
The mysteries in this one are pretty enjoyable, the recipes are generally pretty good, and the way the two tie together is especially satisfying. To this day I'm still unable to prepare garlic bread without thinking of Bugs Meany and his crew attempting to hide their dastardly garlic bread theft by chewing copious amounts of parsley, since parsley will sweeten even a camel's breath. So how did Encylopedia finally expose their crime? SPOILER ALERT. He smelled their hands.
While good, I thought Bugs Meany was a predictable foil in this one.
You would not regret reading these types of stories.
Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake is one of several books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. It was a cute, easy read, mystery for about ages 3rd and 4th grades. In this book Encyclopedia must solve the mystery of who is stealing all of his friends' cooking supplies. He also must solve who is the thief of the school clubs' money. Throughout the book Encyclopedia and his friends enjoy different meals while finding clues to the mysteries. The book also provides all the recipes for every meal they h...
I learned that the bullies are always guilty, and by reading the back of the book first you can feel really smart when you know just how to solve the mystery. I loved these in first grade. I still remember taking nosefuls of their stale paper smell. These books were part of my first library experience, and I remember thinking that a library was like a church but better, because there were bean bags. I still think that, but have given up on bean bags.
RATING: 4.5 STARSI loved this mystery series as a kid, but have not read them since so this review is based on my memories. My love of mystery started pretty early and Encyclopedia Brown was among my first series. Each book has several mysteries that you can solve along with Encyclopedia, complete with clues. I could not get enough of these books, and didn't realize that this series started in 1963. These are easy to read chapter books for young kids.***This is a series Review***
I read all of Encyclopedia Brown books. I loved them all. So clever! I wonder if I read them again if I'd be able to solve the mysteries better than I did back then.
About half of my class enjoyed this book. It wasn't the best choice for read aloud time because it has many recipes in it.
I learned that geese have darker meat than chicken, and there were some interesting recipes!
This one was fun since each mystery was followed by a set of recipes. My son is excited to try a few of them.
not my favorite book.
Mystery and food! What else could I possibly need?
Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown is back to solve ten mysteries involving thieves, swindlers, stolen property, and various other crimes. This book also reveals Encyclopedia's love of cooking as all these cases have something to do with food, and is also chocked full of some of his favorite recipes through out the book, and many more at the back of the book.
Lots of these recipes are right up my alley - straightforward, common ingredients, wholesome (lots of veggie recipes for a kids' book!). The cases are harder than most EB books though. LFL discovery.
I liked the cases the reason I did four stars is because I didn't like there was cooking things when there should be more cases but beside's that I liked it!
At a certain age, I loved reading Encyclopedia Brown detective stories. Finding this cookbook version at the library was a fun trip down nostalgia lane...and the recipes sound pretty good, too.
you know I love a good novelty cookbook. also love being reminded of the existence of Sally Kimbal and how constantly ready to throw down she was. god bless!!
Working through a few more bedtime Encyclopedia Brown mysteries to pass the time...This one was particularly fun due to the recipes.
Nostalgia lives on.
Most of this book is actually recipes instead of cases, but weirdly the cases that were in here were better than they normally are.
this is a mystery book by Donald j. sobol. I do not recommend this book this book was on the more boring side of mystery. this book did give some good recipes for desserts. I do like mysteries books but this one did not do well.
"They called themselves the Tigers. They should have called themselves the Pretzel Makers. They were always tried to make dough the crooked way."FOOD!Although, some recipes I wasn't interested in, others I really want to try out like Polvorones, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, French French Toast, Encyclopedia Brownies, etc.
Part mystery, part cookbook, this installment of the series is slightly different from the others. It introduces kids to different kinds of easy-to-assemble snacks and cuisine from other cultures. It's not my cup of tea, since it begins to read more like an advertisement for the food than a story, but kids who want to get involved in the kitchen may not mind.
The best Encyclopedia Brown book of them all. Re-read it this weekend (picked up a 50 cent library copy for my step-son, when he's ready for it in 6 years!) and they still are clever little mysteries. You really have to pay attention to find the clues. Plus, this one has recipes!
Age range 10-100. I think this book is great it has a BUNCH of resipes to try out. My favorite mysterie is called the over stuffed piñata. Almost all the resipes feed 6 so its perfect for familys of 6.
I absolutely loved the E.Brown books when I was a kid, I gobbled them up!
Some children's books are just dumb, this is one of 'em.