|The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet|
Both series I checked out again and again at the library to read. I eventually ended up with a boxed set of paperback copies of 4 of the 6 Borrowers books. This Mushroom Planet book, by Eleanor Cameron, I got for 15 cents at a garage sale. I've not re-read these since the early 1970s. I wonder how they will hold up from memories of reading them 40 years ago? Will they be as fungus as I remember them? The Borrowers has been adapted to TV and film. The Mushroom Planet series, involving California children building a spaceship to travel to a hidden and unknown moon of Earth, haven't been adapted into anything as far as I know. I suppose if it ever happens, it will be a CGI-fest filled with hypercephalic muppets.The books are probably a lot less popular than the Borrowers books over all. As with the Borrowers, there are 6 Mushroom Planet books.
These books sure made me want to build a spaceship and travel to near-earth orbit. Quite a wild dream for a child, and pretty hard to realize unless you grow up to be Richard Branson, and even he with all his money is barely able to do it even now. When the movie Explorers came out in 1985, about kids building a spaceship out of a Tilt-A-Whirl, I could not help but be reminded of the Mushroom Planet books.
In common with the TV series Land of the Lost the Mushroom Planet books feature a a decayed ruined metropolis called "The Lost City", a remnant of a civilization from a thousand years before in both stories. Mushroom Planet and Land of the Lost also both feature a character named Ta. The Mushroom Planet Ta is Great, and the Land of the Lost one only imagines himself to be.
Another memory of the books is that my fifth grade teacher (the second one) hated the Mushroom Planet books with a passion. I suppose like some librarians have hated the Oz books.
I suppose I'd better find the rest of these. And in researching this post. I find that there is one I'd never heard of before and have never read.