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[[ Read E-pub ]] Ð The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet Ì Don t miss the adventures of Chuck and David, two boys who travel to the alien planet Basidium in their homemade spaceshipThis timeless series is a classic that is sure to be read over and over again What an enjoyable trip down memory lane Granted, I d forgotten virtually everything about this book since I read it when I was the target age around age 8 I d say for 8 to 12 year olds,or less , but I can see why this book has been continuously in print since it was first published in 1954 David s father reads an unusual ad that is printed in green bear in mind that in 1954 newspapers were black and white well I wasn t born then as my mother was still growing up, but I remember when What an enjoyable trip down memory lane Granted, I d forgotten virtually everything about this book since I read it when I was the target age around age 8 I d say for 8 to 12 year olds,or less , but I can see why this book has been continuously in print since it was first published in 1954 David s father reads an unusual ad that is printed in green bear in mind that in 1954 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 Nevertheless, the ad is cut out and David gets to work, aided by his best friend, Chuck.Part scifi, part magic, this book is nothing if not fun Yes, it s for children it s not even y a written for teens that many adults might enjoy, but adults who enjoy a good children s novel might like this Mainly, though I recommend it for children Lexile score of 1030 as it was written back when reading standards were higher than today David and Chuck, two young boys living in California, build a backyard spaceship and jet off to the Mushroom Planet to help save that world, with the help of a rather strange but engagingly enthusiastic scientist in their town Basidium, the so called Mushroom Planet because of, yes, all the giant mushrooms that grow on it is a tiny habitable moon orbiting the Earth, which is invisible to normal telescopes Mr Bass, the scientist, mysteriously warns them that they need to bring a mascot on th David and Chuck, two young boys living in California, build a backyard spaceship and jet off to the Mushroom Planet to help save that world, with the help of a rather strange but engagingly enthusiastic scientist in their town Basidium, the so called Mushroom Planet because of, yes, all the giant mushrooms that grow on it is a tiny habitable moon orbiting the Earth, which is invisible to normal telescopes Mr Bass, the scientist, mysteriously warns them that they need to bring a mascot on the trip, so at the last second they grab David s pet hen, Mrs Pennyfeather Good thing Written in the 1950s, this book is informed by Atomic Era optimism and gee whiz science and is a fun middle grade read As a young teen, I loved the adventures of David and Chuck and their visit to the hidden planet of Basidium, whose beautiful blue green color always intrigued me I didn t realize until I was an adult that this was the first book in what ended up as a six book series I can t speak to any of the sequels, but this book is a great retro trip for anyone who enjoys charming old fashioned YA science fiction, and stands fine on its own I suspect the sequels were written as an afterthought when this first book was a success Here s the cover for my original Scholastic book probably still on one of my kids bookshelves Complete with 50 cent price tag Those were the days It s just not possible to recapture a read from 1969 I was not old enough to know or care about some of the science parts being really, really improbablenay, impossibleas we had just been to the Moon and had recently landed a probe on Mars that put paid to even the dream of a Universe like the one Author Cameron created I loved revisiting Dave Topman and Chuck Masterson s flight to the impossible, tiny planet Basidium, all of 50,000 miles away Their home made rocket that traveled 25,000 It s just not possible to recapture a read from 1969 I was not old enough to know or care about some of the science parts being really, really improbablenay, impossibleas we had just been to the Moon and had recently landed a probe on Mars that put paid to even the dream of a Universe like the one Author Cameron created I loved revisiting Dave Topman and Chuck Masterson s flight to the impossible, tiny planet Basidium, all of 50,000 miles away Their home made rocket that traveled 25,000 miles an hour Their bags od groceries to eat on the way there and backtwo hours each waytwo hours on Basidium, where they somehow spoke the language of the Mushroom People and solved a mystery that confounded the adult Mushroom Peoplethe chicken that saved the day.Nope, too old to get back there, but it was some good fun peeking back at the boyhood adventure that didn t have to make sense because what the hell actually does when you re eight or nine It s starting to, but not quite yet does, blessedly.I would give this to a six year old and read it with her Maybe a slightly slow seven year old 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 So maybe, if like me you read it in your tinyhood, you ll smile and enjoy and keep out of reach of children Wanda s Summer Carnival of Children s Literature I m pretty sure that I was in Grade 6 when I first read this book I was also busy reading Children s Digest during those years and I m pretty sure that s where I had been reading about mushrooms fungi before encountering this little adventure I remember being completely enamoured of the Mushroom Planet and going on to make many spore prints from mushrooms found in a little grove of trees in my uncle s pasture My mother was a very patien Wanda s Summer Carnival of Children s Literature I m pretty sure that I was in Grade 6 when I first read this book I was also busy reading Children s Digest during those years and I m pretty sure that s where I had been reading about mushrooms fungi before encountering this little adventure I remember being completely enamoured of the Mushroom Planet and going on to make many spore prints from mushrooms found in a little grove of trees in my uncle s pasture My mother was a very patient woman, now that I look back on it She put up with so many of my little biological projects Flowers being pressed in the encyclopedia, mushrooms releasing their spores under jars, snails doing their thing in goldfish bowls I actually had to request this book through interlibrary loan in order to revisit it It was worth the effort Probably not too exciting to today s children it was, after all, written before the moon landing, which I remember watching on TV during Grade 2 who are used to Mars rovers and space craft visiting Pluto and Jupiter But it also had the magical elements of a gentle fantasy that endeared it to me yet again.Good memories