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.
The Great Brain 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 Grea
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 [...]
A solid, wonderful children s book with the spirit of Tom Sawyer I highly enjoyed this one.
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.
4 1 2 stars Very funny Excellent 8.
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.
Great storytelling Charming tales of a boy swindler, reminiscent of Tom Sawyer.
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.