The Mad Scientists' Club (Mad Scientist Club) Hardcover – December 31, 2011
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For better or worse (better, I think) the Mad Scientists' Club was a major influence in my youth. --Glenn H. Reynolds -- InstaPundit.com, October 11, 2004
Fun and gentle, the books paint a picture of a more innocent boyhood where scientific know-how could save the day. --USA TODAY, December 3, 2002
About the Author
- Grade Level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 217 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1930900538
- ISBN-13 : 978-1930900530
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Purple House Press; 50th Anniversary Edition (December 31, 2011)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For stories that were written, what, 50 or so years ago (has it been that long...?), these really do hold up well. The technology that the kids use in their adventures is, sure, a little dated, but then the technology is not the central theme of the stories either. The themes are kids going out, having fun, making mischief and getting out of it, all in a very creative way. These major themes are not anachronisms, or at least I hope they aren't.
As I've long since lost that dog-eared copy my mother bought me so many years ago, I was very happy to see this series come out on Kindle (and I kind of have to wonder what Brinley would think about a future where his book can be transmitted wirelessly to a small portable reading device). In fact, there are two books I had no idea existed, meaning there are more Mad Scientist adventures. I'm very nearly giddy.
The writing itself is probably most appropriate for middle school and up - it's not Ulysses, but the writing is a little more advanced than, say, The Great Brain books. The Mad Scientist's Club is in the first person perspective of Charlie, one of the members of the club, and it's a style that works well for the book. And while some of the adventures are kind of far out, overall everything works in context and it's an enjoyable read. I think older kids will get a lot out of this book.
The individual scientists have distinct personalities. There is still an air of gee-whiz adventure. The snappy electronics (radio receivers, walkie-talkies, etc.) are certainly dated, but the zeal of the scientists is still fun. The sense of adventure, cooperation, imagination, and daring can still be gripping and inspiring.
I think the value of these reader reviews is in whether they help you decide now whether to buy the volume now for a kid who's going to read it now. For this book, I think that may turn in large part on the mechanical and scientific, (or tinkering), proclivities of your reader and his/her interest in things mechanical and electrical. By the same token, it might also appeal to a reader who just likes reading about a gang of kids who get up to stuff. Either way, for the right kid, this is probably worth a try.
I was so glad when I found the book available again. I look forward to when I can give it to my nephew and hope to instill in him the same sense of wonder books such as these instilled in me.
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for young readers 8-15 who enjoy a fun, quick read.