Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Three Investigators book series has worldwide appeal

I was searching for something else and found Wikipedia's entry on The Three Investigators, a book series I enjoyed as a kid.  I was surprised to learn that the books are popular in Germany, Italy, and Turkey, and that original books have been added to the series in other languages.

The books stuck out for me for the self-reliance of the characters and their codewords and gadgets: their secret  headquarters hidden in a junkyard. The kids were too young to drive, but managed to wrangle the use of a limousine--with a driver who naturally became a helpful character--through one of the character's winning of a contest...which he rules-lawyered from a 30-day span to a much longer one. 

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