Donald J. Sobol passes away

Donald J. Sobol, creator and author of the Encyclopedia Brown book series, passed away at the age of 79 today. I grew up reading those books and they taught me two things:

  1. Girls can be just as smart and clever as a "boy genius" - Hiya, Sally.
  2. How to read upside down - I still use this working with patrons.

RIP, Mr. Sobol. I left my Encyclopedia Brown mysteries behind, but I still keep and treasure the Encyclopedia Brown books of "Weird and Wonderful Facts."

Obituary: Los Angeles Times

Obituary: Wall Street Journal

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Sobol

When I was in Junior High I read every Encyclopedia Brown book that I could get my hands on.

Weird Facts

>>Encyclopedia Brown books of "Weird and Wonderful Facts."

It is almost eerie that you mention that book. I think I purchased that book out of a Scholastic Reader. I know I owned the book and it was in the book stand by my bed. Whenever I just needed some veg time I would lay on my bed and read over the facts. I literally read that book a hundred times. I even remember some of the factoids from the book - One of them was about a kid that had a molar found growing out of his foot.

As a librarian I have thought about that book and thought that it might be interesting to fact check some of the items in the book.

NPR piece

GalleyCat

GalleyCat piece about Sobol.
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/54490_b54490

Includes link to Flickr where there is a collection of pictures of covers of Sobol books.

There is also a link to donate in his memory. Money will be going to a library.

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