Eleanor Estes/Moffat Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

by Eleanor Cameron
(1954, 195 pages)

The imaginations of two boys, David Topman and Chuck Masterson, are captured by the following ad in their local paper:

WANTED: A small spaceship about eight feet long, built by a boy, or by two boys, between the ages of eight and eleven. The ship should be sturdy and well made, and should be of materials found at hand. Nothing need be bought. No adult should be consulted as to its plan or method of construction. An adventure and a chance to do a good deed await the boys who build the best space ship. Please bring your ship as soon as possible to Mr. Tyco M. Bass, 5 Thallo Street, Pacific Grove, California.

This book appeals equally to both boys and girls, even to those who do not generally like science fiction. And no one who reads it will ever forget Mr. Bass.

Click here for more information, including links to the Amazon reviews (but watch out for spoilers).


Emilyn said...

This is great! I read this as a child and couldn't remember the title. Thanks!

jill said...

Glad to hear it! And there are sequels --

Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet
Mr. Bass's Planetoid
A Mystery for Mr. Bass
Time and Mr. Bass