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The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet Paperback – October 3, 1988
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
All Mrs. Cameron's books blend reality and imagination with a distinction that makes them timeless.
Top Customer Reviews
Take it from an ex-eight year old; this is a wonderful book.
The writing is smooth, straightforward, and engaging, and Cameron's characters are sketched out with clear and emphatic detail. There is a bizarre, almost dreamlike quality to the book itself, due at least in part to the juxtaposition of a strong and clear respect for and use of scientific approaches and terminology with truly mystical phenomena that cannot be explained by any science known to man. The scientific wizard Mr. Bass -- there's no better way to describe him -- creates inventions that sound scientific, may even BE scientific in a way, and yet his work is surrounded by all the enigmatic atmosphere of the most mysterious sorceror. At the same time, the rescue and its conclusion rest on firm, rational grounds, so that we keep being anchored back to reality.
A fascinating book and well worth the read even if -- or perhaps especially if -- you are an adult who is trying to remember why some kids' books still stick with you.
I remember first reading this story, in about third grade. Eleanor Cameron makes the story so interesting, and so fun, I didn't even want to go to sleep until I had finished the book. After I finished it, I couldn't decide which was more interesting to me: reading, or doing science. Just remember -- if the kids didn't know their science, the story wouldn't have a happy ending! That's all I'll say here. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone.
This happens to be a really good time to be reading this neat little book. Did you know that real astronomers recently discovered something new in our solar system? They can't decide if they should call it a planet or not. Would you like to learn more about it? See if you can use the Internet to learn about the word "Quaoar," which is what astronomers are calling the object. Or, you could ask your science teacher about it. Who knows -- maybe we'll even find some mutant mushrooms up there, someday!
I would like to recommend another astronomy book that I loved in third grade.Read more ›
If only it were possible to give a book more than five stars. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet was one of my favorite books as a kid. It tells the story of David Topman and Chuck Masterson, two boys "between the ages of eight and eleven" who, with the help of Mr. Tycho M. Bass, build and pilot a slim, beautiful spaceship to a small (35 miles in diameter) planet named Basidium-X.
My poor words can't begin to express how wonderful is this book. I've read other books I loved as a child - No Flying in the House comes instantly to mind - as an adult and found them a hideous disappointment. But The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet still DOES it for me. And that's pretty darn cool. If you're thinking of buying this book for your child....do it. If you loved it as a child yourself, and are wondering if it could possibly hit you as hard decades later....oh YES.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book as a child, so I was glad to see it was still in print. Purchased this for my young niece.Published 10 days ago by T. Hall
I read this book to my four young kids and they LOVED it. So did I and I am 37 years old.
I was happy to find out the author had written four more books in this series.
Great adventure story for kids (and adults) with a great message - believe in yourself!Published 2 months ago by Debbie L. Thune
We found this book in the box of books my husband inherited from his father. I saw it and thought it might be interesting, so I read it to my youngest son every night at bed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tara
Loved it when I found it during a forced march of the whole 6 grade class to the library annex on Garvey Blvd. in 110 degree heat ( circa 1957?? El Monte CA)...... Read morePublished 3 months ago by poronkusema
Great book that held my grandchildren's interest and, I am sure, initiated many pleasant dream adventures.Published 6 months ago by Poindexter
A wonderful, imaginative story. I read it years ago in elementary school, and always remembered it. I was glad to find my own copy.Published 9 months ago by CD
a gift of a book I never read when I was 10. MAybe I will get to it if it gets a thumbs upPublished 10 months ago by Ralph H Thompson