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The Great Brain go inside Ebook I ve read a lot of books to my son A lot The Hobbit all three books of The Lord of the Rings the Narnia books Lloyd Alexander s Chronicles of Prydain six or seven

The Great Brain go inside Ebook I've read a lot of books to my son. A lot. The Hobbit, all three books of The Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books, Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, six or seven of the original Doctor Dolittle books, several Three Investigators books, and far more. And he's loved almost all of them (I selected them carefully, from the books I loved best as I child and teen).But so far, I think he loves the Great Brain series best.Partly, I think that because they're so accessible. John D. Fitzgerald writes about his semi-fictionalized younger self in the true voice of a child - and that's quite an accomplishment. When his brother insults the father of a friend, the young John D. tells us that he has visions of that man coming down the street after them with a butcher knife. That's not the sort of language that most modern publishers allow in books for children, I believe, but it's how children think - some of the time. And over and over, as I was reading The Great Brain to my son, he'd stop me and ask me if the book really said what I'd just read.You see, I sometimes can't resist adding a humorous comment or line now and then in some books - always, however, immediately admitting that the book didn't really say that. For this book I didn't add a word - but many of the passages in the book were so funny that my son suspected that I'd added them. I had to show him the lines in the book to convince him!He pretty much had a huge grin on his face the whole time that I was reading. When I'd finish a chapter, he'd hold my arm and beg for another one. I can't think of higher praise for a book for children.Each chapter in this book is a self-contained story, written in a beautifully straightforward style that some have compared to that of Mark Twain. John D. Fitzgerald (the author, as you'll note) chronicles his childhood as the younger brother of the infamous Great Brain, the greatest kid swindler in town. He is, of course, frequently the victim of the Great Brain.In fact the Great Brain is pretty much a complete jerk, as we all noticed fairly quickly. But the stories are so entertaining that it doesn't matter.A warning: the original edition and most later reissues are perfectly illustrated by Mercer Meyer. For some insane and inexplicable reason, there are a few editions out there that have been re-illustrated by other artists. This makes about as much sense as replacing the classic Tenniel illustrations in Alice In Wonderland (which has, of course, also been done. What were they thinking?).Another point: the story begins in 1896. Although the town has electricity and street lights, one of the stories features the installation of the first flush toilet in town. It's hysterical, but it's also a great opportunity to explain something about history to young children in a way that they'll enjoy and remember.All in all, a deeply enjoyable classic.. The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old Tom, a.k.a the Great Brain, is a silver tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day Whether it s saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out onThe best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old Tom, a.k.a the Great Brain, is a silver tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day Whether it s saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top and line his pockets in the process.. Popular Books The Great Brain Okay, what Miniscule Brain at Dell Yearling authorized the AWFUL, anachronistic covers for the 1970s reprints of these books? I'm sorry, but it's Mercer Mayer's original drawings or NOTHING, in my opinion. If you are unlucky enough to own the 1970s Dell Yearling reprints with their Little Rascals-esque cover art, you have my profound pity. The good news is that Mayer's classic, gorgeous, marvelous drawings are still included inside the books. Fitzgerald alone is great, but Fitzgerald with Mayer? It's like cherries with cheesecake, hot dogs with cheese, ice cream with Oreo cookies. I mean, what's the point of eating them alone, when together they give you so much pleasure? You'll never be able to read Fitzgerald without Mayer, after you've read them together.Anyway, big gripe I've had for YEARS.I started reading these in fourth grade after my teacher read "The Great Brain" to us in class. They are an absolute HOOT. Very good reading that adults and children will enjoy equally, and which gives an insight into some of the diversity that actually does exist in Utah, which is forgotten completely in most other Mormon and even non-Mormon fiction books based in Utah. J. D.'s small town contains people from all walks of life, including Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Protestants, and others. Ethnicity is also portrayed as diverse -- J. D.'s own family is Danish-Irish, and one of his brothers has the unlikely name of Sweyn (Danish) Fitzgerald (Irish). Basil (Vasillios), a Greek boy, becomes a major character in later books. Disablity is also discussed. In one of the books, Tom and J. D. play with a little boy who has lost his leg. Britches Dotty, one of the few female characters, ultimately is persuaded to wear dresses rather than britches, but she's such a great character, the feminist in me doesn't care.So, so good. Many excellent lessons taught in a hysterical way. Why are you sitting here, reading this, when you could be reading these books?Rated PG for peril -- fistfights, name-calling, and such happen regularly. In Me and My Little Brain, an outlaw captures Frankie and points a gun at his head. Also, keep in mind that Tom is a pint-sized con man, so there is a certain amount of lying, deception, and rule-breaking that happen in the books. Also, the adults in the book sometimes drink alcohol, but not to excess. I would say kids would need to be in second or third grade and up in order to understand and enjoy these books.
The Great Brain Great Brain, Book Fitzgerald, John D His stories of The Great Brain were based on his own childhood in Utah with a conniving older brother named Tom These reminiscenses led to eight memorable Great Brain books John D Fitzgerald also wrote several best selling adult books, including Papa Married a Mormon He died in Florida, his home of many years, at the age of eighty one. The Great Brain The Great Brain This isn t a great movie, by any stretch The acting is hammy, and a very young Jimmy Osmond is frankly, too chubby to play The Great Brain But if you like the John D Fitzgerald novels, you ll find the film a treat I m glad it s out and that I taped it in the early s. The Great Brain Great Brain, by John D Fitzgerald Tom, a.k.a the Great Brain, is a silver tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day Whether it s saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain The Great Brain The Great Brain Series by John D Feb , This first book in the series is a great combination of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Terrible Two series, and is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old Tom, a.k.a the Great Brain, is a silver tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. The Great Brain by John D Fitzgerald The Great Brain, a silver tongued con artist with a genius for making a profit No matter what the situation, The Great Brain will always find a way to turn it to

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  • John D. Fitzgerald Mercer Mayer Post author

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE REFERENCED REPORTS John Dennis Fitzgerald was born in Price, Utah, on February 3, 1906, to Thomas and Minnie Melsen Fitzgerald His father had a pharmacy degree but engaged in a number of business ventures and served on the Price Town Council for four years John graduated from Carbon High School and at the age of eighteen and left Utah to pursue a career as a jazz drummer He worked in a variety of occupations during his life, including newspaper reporter for the World Tribune in New York City, foreign correspondent for United Press, advertising and purchasing agent, and bank auditor He also served on Wendell Willkie s staff when Willkie was running for president.At the time his first book, Papa Married a Mormon 1955 , was published, he was living in Los Angeles and working as a steel buyer Fitzgerald had collaborated with his sister, Belle Fitzgerald Empey, to write this book Her name was not included as coauthor of the book because it was written in the first person Papa Married a Mormon was very popular and was reprinted in several foreign language editions, including Chinese Twice chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection, it was also serialized in McCall s Magazine A sequel, Mamma s Boarding House, appeared in 1958.Fitzgerald moved to Denver in 1960 where he tried for a short time to make his living as a full time writer He later reported that I quit my job and went to a mountain cabin to make my living writing I had to sell my jack and a tire to get back to Denver When I got there I sold my typewriter and swore I would never write again His wife later bought him another typewriter and he eventually resumed writing.He had a very successful writing career, publishing than 500 magazine articles, as well as poetry and songs and two books on writing, The Professional Story Writer and His Art 1963 and Structuring Your Novel From Basic Idea to Finished Manuscript 1972.His most successful and widely read novels are the juvenile books in the Great Brain Series They were loosely based on the adventures of his brother Thomas N Fitzgerald Books in this series include The Great Brain 1967 , More Adventures of the Great Brain 1969 , Me and My Little Brain 1971 , The Great Brain at the Academy 1972 , The Great Brain Reforms 1973 , The Return of the Great Brain 1974 , and The Great Brain Does It Again 1976.The Great Brain Series has led to one of the most asked questions in Utah literature Where is Adenville, Utah Adenville is a fictional town created by Fitzgerald, but most readers believe that the geographical setting loosely fits that of a small town in southern Utah.Fitzgerald and his wife, Joan, moved to Titusville, Florida, in about 1972 where he continued his writing career He died there May 20, 1988, at the age of 82.

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  • I ve read a lot of books to my son A lot The Hobbit, all three books of The Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books, Lloyd Alexander s Chronicles of Prydain, six or seven of the original Doctor Dolittle books, several Three Investigators books, and far And he s loved almost all of them I selected them carefully, from the books I loved best as I child and teen.But so far, I think he loves the Great Brain series best.Partly, I think that because they re so accessible John D Fitzgerald writes about hi [...]


  • Okay, what Miniscule Brain at Dell Yearling authorized the AWFUL, anachronistic covers for the 1970s reprints of these books I m sorry, but it s Mercer Mayer s original drawings or NOTHING, in my opinion If you are unlucky enough to own the 1970s Dell Yearling reprints with their Little Rascals esque cover art, you have my profound pity The good news is that Mayer s classic, gorgeous, marvelous drawings are still included inside the books Fitzgerald alone is great, but Fitzgerald with Mayer It s [...]



  • Note The following is a review of the entire Great Brain seriesThe Great Brain is perhaps one of the finest American children s books ever written as are its companions in the Great Brain series Reading this series in recent years has in some ways been akin to rereading Tom Sawyer as an adult, since what appeared as high adventure to me as a fifth grader I now read through a Twainian lens of chuckles and nostalgia John D Fitzgerald was raised in Price, Utah, and based the Great Brain series on t [...]


  • What The Five Year Old Thought I can t explain why I liked it except that JD is telling the story Tom is the one with the Great Brain and he rescued a few guys What Mommyo thought My husband is in the process of reading this to our 5YO Both are really enjoying it true confessions my husband read this as a child, so his enjoyment may be partly nostalgia When they got to the bit about making homemade ice cream, The 5YO said Daddyo, I want to jump into the book right that second You should definite [...]


  • My modern day sensitivities got in the way again when, in the last chapter of this book I read out loud to my boys, I started reading about peg leg Andy who wanted to commit suicide because he was plumb useless Our dear narrator, little J.D was just the type of pal to help him out too I continued to read about the different ideas the boys came up with to do in Andy, and tried to figure out what I could make up to pretend the story was over and get out of reading the last 10 or so pages of the bo [...]


  • I rated this 4 stars and my son rated it 5 stars so we re agreeing upon a 4.5 star rating The entire time I read this book, I couldn t help but compare the unstructured childhood described in this book with today s highly structured children The boys in this book experienced a freedom that is not found today sure they found themselves in hot water and made some lots of mistakes but I loved reading about how they worked things out or learned their lessons by EXPERIENCING them There would be very, [...]


  • I LOVED this book I read this one to my children and we laughed through most of it and then I cried through the rest One aspect that I really loved was how real it felt, like I was growing up right along side J.D and Tom I also loved the perspective of what it was like to grow up in a small Utah town and not be a Mormon Being a Mormon myself, I had never really thought what it would be like to view of us from outside the religion I thought it was done very fairly and many things were eyeopening [...]


  • Want to learn how to charge people to see a toilet flush Need to learn to swim, or walk with a peg leg Find your way out of a dangerous cave Get rid of a strict teacher Ask the Great Brain, Thomas T.D Fitzgerald Set in the early days of Utah statehood 1896 in southern Utah, John J.D Fitzgerald recounts the amazing and mind blowing stunts and escapades of he and his brothers, among the minority of Catholics in a predominantly Mormon community When the Great Brain puts his mind to work, anything c [...]


  • An old children s classic told by ten year old JD about the simple and humorous boyhood adventures encountered while growing up in 1896 with his older beloved brother Tom, The Great Brain Tom is the older brother everyone should have, even though he mostly uses his great brain to figure out a way to make every situation most profitable for himself, he usually lets his little brother tag along for the adventure and in the end surprises everyone by also having a great heart I think all my age 30 s [...]



  • I got this book for my nephew, who s seven, after my sister told me he was reading chapter books now Actually, it turns out he s not quite that advanced, but I figured he and his dad might enjoy reading these very funny books together anyway When it arrived, I decided to reread a chapter or two to be sure it was as good as I remembered.It was oh, it was But it was also very, very different, much complex in its portrayal of ethics than I realized when I ordered it and, I think, perhaps a bit too [...]


  • I bought this one for my nephews out of nostalgia the other day, remembering having liked it as a kid And so I thought I ought to reread it myself It s not often one reads fiction set in 19th century Utah, and this is an interesting perspective from the Fitzgeralds Sweyn, Tom and John three Catholic boys who grew up circa 1896 in Utah s Dixie, in the small fictionalized Mormon town of Adenville the author in fact was born and raised in Carbon County.What I did not remember was the narcissism of [...]


  • I m on a children s book kick Liked this book as a child and enjoyed as an adult The little incidents are funny yet it s frustrating to see the Great Brain manipulate the situations into his favor The Great Brain probably turned out to be very rich and was already conniving A good, fun read.



  • I loved this series as a kid, and read it multiple times back then 30 years later, I still find it to be an enjoyable read a humorous, semi autobiographical account from a youngest child s perspective of growing up in a non Mormon family in 1890s Utah.



  • Oh I really enjoyed this book and I wanted to give it 5 stars, but it had a few little issues Before I go into the nitty gritty I have to say to my sister Nikki, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS We have a favorite story from when we were little My dad was the cheapest person any of us knew, and he took Nikki and I to MacDonalds one afternoon When my mom took us we had always shared a happy meal, but somehow my sister talked my dad into letting us each get our own And not only that, she was able to order th [...]


  • We owned the boxed set of these books, and I devoured them Loved them all, although my favorite book was the one where Tom The Great Brain goes to the academy However, one of the most memorable things I read as a child was contained in this book It is the part about Abie Glassman His story was one that stayed with me forever.Some things that I am thinking now as an adult These stories are WAY mature than I remembered There are stories about illness, suicide, death and so on It is all told in a [...]


  • This book is a very humorous and capturing book about a young boy who lived late in the 1800 s and was the best swindler of anyone ever Each chapter is another trick or Tom s own way of making money His father is putting a bathroom into their house and he charged kids a penny each to come and watch He saved his two friends who got lost in a cave outside the town by using his big brain to figure out where they were and get them out safely Not all his schemes were good though He also tried to fram [...]


  • This book was a childhood favorite Last Christmas I sent a copy to my nephews, and a week and a half ago, I decided I needed my very own copy to put on my bookshelves It s set in Utah in the late 1800 s, and despite being written in 1969, it is still in print, a testament to its staying power Written from the perspective of J.D John Dennis , the stories revolve primarily around his brother Tom T.D Something I didn t notice the first hundred times I read it is that J.D is also the initials of the [...]


  • This was probably one of my favorite kids series I love children s literature that makes you think, and is less concerned with the moral of the story than the idea of you figuring out how to solve your problems on your own By default, most children s literature presents a moral, but I adored these books for making me THINK Tom D is the lovable Great Brain, and many of his schemes make a younger reader appreciate the peaks and pitfalls of relying on your own knowledge and learning from your mista [...]


  • It s been a long time since I last read these books, and I really enjoyed jumping back into the series with this book Tom Fitzgerald a.k.a The Great Brain is a born con man, able to turn any situation to his financial advantage He often recruits his younger brother John to help him in his schemes whether John is aware of it or not.The historical setting of this book is interesting and very detailed, and I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, with everyone from settlers to peddlers to immigran [...]


  • 3.5 stars This edition isn t the one I ve got, but I couldn t find the right one on I loved this book a true story Thoroughly entertaining, relaxing to read, and with a satisfying ending Chap 5 was probably my favourite chapterI loved all those fights, hehe Tom s dishonesty and naughtiness is hilarious, especially seeing his antics through the very ignorant and naive eyes of his younger brother Tom is very clever, but I like how at the end he gives up his life of crime as if the author wanted to [...]


  • My husband read these as a child, but I had never heard of the author or the books, so I read the first one and it s a really great read even for an adult It covers topics that today I doubt would be published in a children s book and not every scenario ends happily My husband said he read these when he was about 8 years old, which surprises me, but an 8 year old would get something out of it different than a teenager, different than an adult This book dealt with items such as death, suicide, ho [...]


  • In the nostalgic world of 1890s Utah, a precocious ten year old schemes ways to swindle the local children and make a few pennies Occasionally he uses his incredible powers of cognition to exact revenge on cruel adults or to save the day, such as when he intervenes to save a child amputee from committing suicide Yes, said kid was driven to self harm because he couldn t participate in games of kick the can These stories are quite a bit darker than I remember Anyway, it seems crazy that this goofy [...]


  • These tales are so believable that I would not be surprised if it was filed under nonfiction, especially since it is told about the author s own family and seems to come straight from his memory Realistic fiction is very enjoyable to read because it is so easy to relate to and believe Tom s scheme to find the boys and dog that were lost deep in Skeleton Cave was by far the smartest thing I have ever heard a child think up It was funny how Tom could convince John that what he did was for the good [...]


  • The Great Brain is one of the great, unsung book series for kids I loved them as a kid, so I bought the whole set for my son for Christmas He didn t take to them like I thought he would, so I did what I always do I started reading them out loud to my boys at night We just finished the second one and they are completely won over now To me, these are the consummate boy books, about a family of boys growing up in Utah during the turn of the century The author is not Mormon, but there is an awful lo [...]


  • I enjoyed this book, when I read it earlier this year, and Abbi devoured it It is about a boy growing up in a small Utah town around the turn of the century who is not Mormon It deals with such topics as siblings brothers specifically , parenting, family dynamics, social order, charity, etc.There is an extremely sad part I cried when I read it Abbi brought it up to me, showing that she was ready for discussion, but was thoughtful than talkative That part of the book has tremendous worth and hel [...]


  • 2017 I think I will always love this book no matter how many times I read it Full review here sunlitpages 2017 05 th2009 I m still chuckling over some of T.D s antics The two stories I really remembered from my first reading were the mumps and the near suicide, and I can see why they stuck with me so vividlyter reading it again, they re still the best ones.


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