My son, aged 8,
Began reading Donald J. Sobol’s
Books that I loved
When I was eight.
Always trying but never quite able
To solve the mysteries.
My son’s first question
To me about the books
Is not in relation to the mysteries,
But about the character’s name:
“Why do they call him Encyclopedia?”
“Good question,” I say, not sure how to answer;
For the days of Encyclopedia Britannicas
Lined up A to Z on the library shelves,
Heavy and somber with knowledge
Are long, long gone.
Notes: If you (or your 8 year old) haven’t had the pleasure of reading Donald J. Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown series, I highly recommend them. First published in 1963, they are one part Sherlock Holmes, one part brain teaser, and one part old-fashioned fun.
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