Monday, July 16, 2012

Donald J. Sobol (1924–2012)

Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, has died at the age of eighty-seven.

I caught on to the Encyclopedia Brown books in 2008. They’re wonderful. I’m not sure how I managed not to figure that out earlier.

Here’s a post that reproduces an illustration from the first Brown book, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (1963). Notice the orange crate.

comments: 4

Sean said...

E.B. was what got me very interested in reading early on. I didn't mind the Hardy Boys, but I enjoyed E.B. much more.

Michael, what were some of the books (or comics, etc.) that you read when you were a kid?

Michael Leddy said...

The key book of my kidhood was Clifford Hicks’s novel Alvin’s Secret Code. I’ve written about that book in a number of posts. I liked the Danny Dunn series, Man from U.N.C.L.E. books, and How and Why books. I spent a lot of time reading the World Book Encyclopedia and comic books. No classic children’s lit, ever.

Jazzbumpa said...

My favorite book from Childhood was Knight's Castle by Edward Eager. Year's later I tried to track it down for my son, but could remember neither the title not the Author. A helpful librarian was able to identify it [with quite a bit of effort] from what I remembered of the plot. Great piece of detective work, I thought.

Still more years later, I discovered that Eager was from Toledo, OH - my home town.


Jazzbumpa said...

Oh my. Two nasty typos in that comment.

Lo siento,