The Great Brain #3: Me and My Little Brain

by John D. Fitzgerald

Other authorsMercer Mayer (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2004



Call number

PB Fit

Call number

PB Fit

Local notes

PB Fit




Puffin Books (2004), Edition: Reissue, 160 pages


In the absence of his older brother, the Great Brain, J.D. finds that his own little brain can accomplish feats on a somewhat lesser scale.



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160 p.; 5.06 inches

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LibraryThing member EmScape
John's older brother, Tom the Great Brain, has gone off to boarding school, leaving him to wonder if he can use his little brain to work the kinds of scams Tom did to make himself rich. He tries to do things the way his brother would, but it doesn't seem to work out the same way for him, teaching
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him that he's not the kind of guy who can work a scam. When he decides to be himself, the rewards follow.
The book is set in the 1890's in rural Utah, making it a fascinating look into the lives of children in that era. The author has loosely based these adventures on his own childhood, lending it richness and making it very believable and engrossing. Smaller children may be frightened or traumatized by the kinds of adventures these kids took as the regular way of life, but older children will be able to engage in discussions about how things have changed for youngsters since then.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
With more J.D. and less T.D., this is my favorite so far.

Got the box set at a thrift store, reading all so I'll know what all the high praise is about. All I can say is, thank goodness none of my three boys were quite as wicked as T.D. Thank goodness he does do at least one nice thing per
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(Copying this review to the others as I finish them; will add notes if nec.)
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½ (114 ratings; 4)
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