Me And My Little Brain by John D. FitzgeraldMe And My Little Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Me And My Little Brain

byJohn D. FitzgeraldIllustratorMercer Mayer

Paperback | February 9, 2004

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This third book in the series is a great combination of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Terrible Two series, and is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl.

Tom a.k.a. the Great Brain, is off to boarding school.  Now his little brother, J.D., is free to follow in Tom's ingenious, conniving, and profitable footsteps.  All of J.D.'s attempts at turning a profit fail miserably, and he soon realizes that he just doesn't have that crafty Great Brain knack.  But when his younger brother is kidnapped, J.D. finds that his little brain may not be so ordinary after all . . .
John D. Fitzgerald was born in Utah and lived there until he left at eighteen to begin a series of interesting careers ranging from jazz drummer to foreign correspondent. His stories of The Great Brain were based on his own childhood in Utah with a conniving older brother named Tom. These reminiscenses led to eight memorable Great Brai...
Title:Me And My Little BrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.49 inPublished:February 9, 2004Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142400645

ISBN - 13:9780142400647

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Change of Pace for a Great Children's Series I'll start my review by saying this series of books is my favourite children series of all time. No fantasy or science fiction - just stories from the turn of the century (um..the century of 1900 not 2000 :). This book stands out as an anomaly in the series since the narrator JD, the Brain's younger brother, is also the main character since TD (the Brain) has gone off to school (his adventures there are in the next book). It is a nice change of pace. We get to see some nice life lessons - JD isn't the con artist his big brother is and he learns to "be himself". We learn that while TD might have the brain, JD is all heart. We see a new, important, character come into the fold, Frankie, the orphan and we get a three chapter thriller of the time a murderer came to town. That is also an anomaly, since all the other books typically have one chapter stories. As with the other books, while the chapters are stories unto themselves (making for nice bedtime reading to my daughters) there is a larger arc to the book. One star was taken off for times when my daughters and I were VERY frustrated with the actions of the characters. As an example, when Frankie first arrives he attacks the Fitzgerald family (he is in shock due to the death of his real family). That is understandable but what makes ZERO sense is JD's parents still insist on him playing with Frankie UNSUPERVISED! Frankie nearly kills JD a few times because of this. Come on parents...I know it is 1898 but you would leave your child with a threat like that, alone? Those moments aside, a great book, with wonderful life lessons and creative, interesting stories. No cons like with the Great Brain, but that's okay, it was a nice change of pace.
Date published: 2016-11-05

Editorial Reviews

* "J. D. is ready to apply all the tricks he has learned . . . As amusing as the exploits of his brainy older brother!"--School Library Journal