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4 Go Mad in Massachusetts: Adventures with the Mitchell Family from Boston to the Berkshires Paperback – March 1, 2003

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Funny, quirky, highly personal, this book is for every family ready to discover something completely different in our wonderful state.  -- Parents and Kids June 2003

Want to build togetherness, while learning about Massachusetts? 4GMIM's zany descriptions and playful illustrations will pique your family's wanderlust. -- Salem News March 27, 2003

Will whet any family’s appetite for adventure. As families are staying closer to home, it may prove a worthwhile resource.  -- The Patriot Ledger April 19-20,2003

Witty and wise--a great book for the glove compartment, because you never know where the road might take you. -- Boston.com Travel April 6, 2003

About the Author

John E. Mitchell is a freelance writer. Jana Christy Mitchell is a self-taught artist and illustrator. Separately, their work has appeared in the Boston Globe and other leading publications. Together, they collaborated on the comic book Very Vicky. They live with their sons in North Adams, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889833487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889833484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,136,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
John Mitchell can't quite decide if 4 Go Mad in Massachusetts is a travelogue or a travel book, but therein lies its perfection.
A series of short stories about his family's travels all over the state make more fun reading than a bland travel book, while imparting the kind of hidden information about attractions both offbeat and obvious that often goes unsaid (like that when visiting 'The Butterfly Place' his twin boys get more excited about an infestation of mealy bugs they find, or how the boys' `Uncle Biz' accompanies them to a historic site and meets a man in period costume portraying his Mayflower riding ancestor but all he can think to ask him is "Where is the bathroom?"). From the Thermometer Museum to an Anatomical Museum, to the Freedom Trail and Edaville Railroad, Mitchell paints a portrait of the state with equal parts sarcasm, wit, and wonderment that goes far outside the lines yet entices the reader to delve deeper into finding the Massachusetts that lies just outside the box.
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Contrary to the opinion of senile, old hacks from Norwell,MA (a town famous for its proximity to high-tension power lines and twitchy, disaffected children) I found 4 Go Mad to be a thrill-a-minute-laugh-riot. I marveled along with Harry & Hugo at the ability to make electricity at the Charles River Museum of Industry, I felt MY temperature rise at the Porter Thermometer Museum and oh how I have dreamed of seeing a real Capybara since reading of the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Bravo John E. Mitchell, bravo. And kudos indeed to the clearly talented Miss Christy Mitchell. I think this book should be a must read for every family. I gave three copies out to friends with infants just to encourage their sense of adventure. May we all "go mad" in the same fine fashion as the Mitchell's. Let's just make sure we avoid Norwell in our travels; those people are creepier than George's island.
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From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked - and I don't even live in Massachusetts! The adventures of the Mitchell family not only entertained me - they opened my eyes to a small part of the vast array of hidden oddities out there in the world just waiting to be discovered and explored!
And what explorations they have! Every chapter uncovers yet another amazing locale - each more fascinating then the last.
Harry and Hugo sound like wonderful children with vast creativity and an immense amount to offer - who wouldn't be with parents like these?
Love it! Love it! LOVE IT - keep up the good work!
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