The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

Feb 22, 2012

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron is good, to say the  least. I had a little bit of a problem when the author used improper words such as "waked" instead of "woke", but my overall impression was quite good, and the author wrote this book in 1954, so perhaps back then the common term was "waked" and was different from what we use nowadays. Maybe this book earns a 7 or 8 out of ten.

David Topman and Chuck Masterson, the main characters of the book, are very fascinated with space ships and space travel, especially David, who dreams about flying one every night to different planets, and Chuck talks about space travel with his "grand-pop", Cap'n Tom, who used to be a captain on a ship, because his parents are traveling.

David's father, Dr. Topman, discovers an ad for 'a space ship, built by a boy, or two boys, between the ages of 8 and 11, who must be ready for an adventure,' and that is where the story takes us: watching David and Chuck build the space ship, bringing it to Mr. Tyco M. Bass, the issuer of the ad, and following his unique and peculiar instructions to launch and ride their homemade rocket into outer space, to follow a quest and mission to save the Mushroom People of the satellite that orbits Earth christened by Mr. Bass to be Bastidium-X, which is invisible to the naked eye, and is only viewable through Mr. Bass's unique telescope through which one may see the position and blueish-green mass that is Bastidium-X.

Chuck once remarks, "[Mr. Bass] must be a wizard", for he had said, 'you must bring a mascot'. They brought David's hen, Mrs. Pennyfeather, and little did they know that she would save the lives of the scanty population on the almost-extinct satellite--or is it planet?-- of Bastidium-X.

How does Mrs. Pennyfeather do it? Well, I'm afraid I can't help you there; this is a reading blog, to help promote reading, so why don't you read the almost-magnificent book entitled The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet for yourself?