From the flap: “WANTED: A small space ship about eight feet long, built by a boy, or two boys, between the ages of eight and eleven. The ship should be sturdy. 3 Oct In print since the s, the Mushroom Planet series is back with a new design by illustrator Kevin Hawkes. Don t miss the adventures of Chuck. 15 May Eleanor Cameron published The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet in —three years before Sputnik, when orbiting the earth was.

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David Topman, a little boy, wants a planet just his size to explore.

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

Nothing need be bought. But it also had the magical elements of a gentle fantasy that endeared it to me yet again. Now I have to read the entire series again.

I hit the I’m finished switch about 24 hours early. On the other hand, the book is pretty much non stop ;lanet and action, and its hopeful message that kids really can change their destinies—and an entire world—is a reassuring one. There are no “Do Overs” on Good Reads.

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I think if I read this at age 10 I would have probably said cute story and went back to my Nancy Drew books. The boys meet up with the king of the planet, the Great Ta, and end up solving the natives’ problem, before returning to Earth. In print since the s, the Mushroom Planet series is back with a new design by illustrator Kevin Hawkes.

Also the wonderful flight to the mushroom planet reading for the unconditional support the grownups offer to the fllight. It reminds me of what a great adventure reading is, and why I love books so very much.


There is a dearth of biographical information on Henneberger, but he was very prolific for a short time, with 33 books to his credit between andseven of them in alone.

David’s father reads an unusual ad that is printed in green bear in mind that in newspapers were black and white; well I wasn’t born then as my mother was still growing up, but I remember when newspapers were always black and white with an invitation for a boy or two boys between the ages of 8 and 11 to build a spaceship and to take it to a street his father doesn’t recall ever seeing.

Rather, he is one of the Mushroom People from that planet. The ship should be sturdy and well made, and should be of materials found at hand. I’m shocked to see that this book was written back in the 50’s; it was one of the more popular children’s books in the 80’s.

Tyco Bass want their ship, he wants them wwonderful fly it the wonderful flight to the mushroom planet a small planet he the wonderful flight to the mushroom planet discovered that no one else can find. It is a story of 2 boys building a rocket-ship wonderfyl, under the tutelage of the mysterious Mr. Quite excitable, he has invented scores of things, including a special sort of telescope that has allowed him to spot a very tiny planet about 50, miles away from Earth, which, in an elaborate pun, he has named Basidium.

In this, at least, the book shares some thematic consistencies with The Little White Horse.

My brain can be so random sometimes. No adult should be consulted as to its plan or method of construction. May very well have actually sparked a few astronauts into their future professions who knows.


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Looking through a special plante on the telescope, David and Chuck are the the wonderful flight to the mushroom planet and third Earth dwellers to see Basidium X, a small green planet only 50, miles away. No older than that, in today’s world, and I’m not all the way sure it’s even a good idea because gender roles and sex stereotyping are at the core of the story.

Written in thethere’s a nice “Gee whiz for space travel” air about the book and confidence in wondeerful old American know-how.

Written in the s, this book is informed by Atomic Era optimism and gee-whiz science and is a fun middle grade read. I kind of stumbled on this blog post today, so sorry about the late reply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I loved the story then as now, and I still have that copy on my shelf.

It’s starting to, but not quite yet does, blessedly. Views Read Edit View history. Okay, I will the wonderful flight to the mushroom planet pretend that this is an objective review, rather a re-visiting of a something that was special to me as a child.