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Girls ruin everything.
This was the last book I had out of the Great Brain series as a kid. The odd thing is that I remember one of the stories (one of my favourite stories out of the series) ending very differently. It's the one about Frankie's rocking horse. (view spoiler)[In the book I just read, Tom asks for and gets his dollar reward for finding the stolen rocking horse, while for years I have remembered this as ending with Tom being shamed by Frankie's generosity into refusing the reward. Unfortunately I don't h...
Review by O.P. : "T.D. is so intelligent and skipped 6th grade and mainly uses his brain to help his money loving heart."
Great story that fostered a lot of discussion with my 9-year-old
really funny book i would highly recourdmend it
Set in southern Utah These boys get into all kinds of trouble, and then out again.
Kind of dated2 chapters have to be heavily edited if reading to kids under 11. Funny though. Good for historic mood. Kids should know life has changed
Damn right he did
I liked how Tom made the chute-the-chute.
This was hard to rate. It's an odd, interesting book. One tends to assume that this sort of series thing is going to be fairly light and generic, and I haven't read any of the earlier volumes so didn't much know what to expect. Furthermore, I usually find Mercer Mayer's art--though lovely and polished--a tad too saccharine.However, this book is generally much better-written than the format might suggest. Fitzgerald uses a more complex vocabulary and style than one might expect. The book is still...
Shenanigans and adventures galore. :)
I really don’t know how Fitzgerald keeps coming up with original stories for this series. The Great Brain Does it Again is a familiar mix of Tom the Exasperating and Tom the Helper incidents, with the Great Brain being praised just as much as he is criticized for his antics. Though there are new stories, the core of the book is the same as the others, and Tom is equal parts frustrating and brilliant, as always.One of the best moments in this book doesn’t revolve around the Great Brain. The story...
I am on record as saying this is my favourite children series. Smart, well written, well developed characters and a main character that has flaws but also has heart. We get to see less of the heart on display in this book and that is a bit of a shame, but there is still one or two chapters that show us the Great Brain doesn't just have a money loving heart. My fav chapter is when his actions lead to helping out an Indian tribe and my least favourite one is when he fails to get a child to lose we...
In the first four or five books of the series, the adventures felt authentic. If they didn’t actually happen to the author, maybe they happened to someone he knew, or maybe he heard about them third or fourth hand. But by now, everything feels made up. Not to worry, however–they’re still very entertaining, although some of them strike a serious note. I was puzzled by the episode where Tom tries to help Herbie, a fat boy, lose weight, because it couldn’t possibly have worked. The boy’s father has...
Another enjoyable edition. Tom returns back to his more selfish self in this one, though he still provides some excellent adventure for the town's kids. He is just frustrating sometimes in his apathy for others. John can also be frustrating - you just want to shake him, because he continually falls for Tom's blackmailing him by claiming John is a blackmailer type slick talk. Frankie is a breath of fresh air, because while he is a tattler, he has a common sense and knows when its time to tell the...
The great series came to an end here (at least for 19 years until the authors death when his notes made for an 8th book in the series). I love the series and this one is no different. Many people complain that this one is darker in tone with the protagonist being more mean spirited. The characters were getting older, and although we don't hear about teen angst in the 1890's, some of that must have existed. Tom is more cynical here, but so are the townspeople, who have become used to his cons and...
I guess the last time I read this book -- the seventh in the Great Brain series -- I didn't care for it as much as the others. This time around, I thought it was quite fine and fit well with the rest of the series. It is perhaps not quite as consistent or as memorable overall as some of the other books, but it stands up fine. I remain amazed at the variety of stories that John D. Fitzgerald was able to craft. Even knowing that much of this is fictionalized, the Fitzgerald family must have been r...
Many of the stories in this volume stuck in my mind from childhood, I don't know if it is because they are memorable in themselves, or of I just heard them more recently (relatively). In each of these Tom seems to face more immediate consequences compared to some of his earlier schemes, but it isn't presented in a didactic or dry "see, don't be bad boys and girls" kind of way. The series stays strong even here towards the end.
Ahh-the last of the seven "Great Brain" books. Such a satisfying feeling to finish a series. These books are not great children's literature, but are classics nonetheless. I loved reading these to my children!My children's ratings:10-year-old boy: 4 stars. "It's so funny how he swindles everyone all the time and they all keep falling for it. It's a really funny book. Kids would like it."8-year-old girl: 5 stars. "I think the great brain is really really smart. I liked the books a lot."
Kind of wondering why I'm still reading these. As with #6, Tom has "reformed" which means that it's the same old thing with a more cynical point of view. The capers are also kind of lame. Tom tries to get a fat kid to lose weight! The fat kid does not lose weight! I'm curious to read the last in this series because it was finished after Fitzgerald's death.
This one was okay. In book four Tom is in Salt Lake city and the new setting made the series fresh and exciting. The books since then are back in Adenville and it feels sort of like they are just parodying the earlier books in some ways. Still funny, just not as great since I've been reading all the other books before them.
These are children's/teen books, describing the antics and shenanigans of a group of brothers growing up in Utah in the 1800s. Although that may not seem very interesting, these are probably the best written and most entertaining books of the children/teen adventure genre. I highly recommend all the Great Brain books.
A great book for boys! After being introduced to The Great Brain by a teacher reading it in class, I read this entire series a few times as a middle schooler. The stories are wonderfully funny.The Great Brain is Back, Fitzgerald, 1995https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Although these books are probably 3rd grade level, I can never read them without laughing! They're very cute, and if you know anybody with elementary school kids who need a good book, I'd recommend any of the books in the series!
This is a series that I read as a kid and loved them. I am reading them with my kids now. They are fun and based in a Mormon town. If you're looking for literary quality, you should check elsewhere; they are well-written, just not the highest of quality. The stories, however, are very fun!
Alex insists we continue on to book 8, the posthumous compilation from the author's notes. These books have faded a little for me as I read them to him. Tom seems like a budding sociopath. I did always like the chapter about the little boy with diabetes in it.
When I was little I loved the Great Brain books. Does It Again is not one of the better ones. I forgot just how much of an asshole Tom is, and how much of a wimp John is. Mr. Fitzgerald also has some odd notions about justice.
I loved this entire series and, now that I've remembered it, I'm going to get it for my son. I think he'll love them, too.
Fun series. Great illustrations.
I recently rediscovered this series from when I was a kid. They still hold up 20 years later. One of my favorite children's authors.