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