Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine

10 best books like Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine (Jay Williams): The Big Orange Splot, Cartoon History of the Universe I, Vol. 1-7: From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great, The Silver Crown, The Mad Scientists' Club, The Pink Motel, Follow My Leader, Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic, A Whole Nother Story, The House of Dies Drear, David and the Phoenix

The Big Orange Splot
AuthorDaniel Pinkwater
This was my very, very favorite book as a...oh, who am I kidding. This IS my very, very favorite book!! It about creativity! It is about expression! It is about going against the grain, but not just for the sake of rebellion, but rather to remain true to yourself--even if you've been hiding it for much of...
Cartoon History of the Universe I, Vol. 1-7: From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great
AuthorLarry Gonick
This is a really fun—and actually quite comprehensive—historical overview. It's very handy as sort of a quick-reference guide and/or as a supplemental companion to the reading of primary source history texts. (I found it to be fabulously helpful along these lines with respect to Herodotus.)

The Silver Crown
AuthorRobert C. O'Brien
Ellen awakens one morning with a mysterious silver crown on the pillow beside her. What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen...
The Mad Scientists' Club
AuthorBertrand R. Brinley
The "mad scientists" here are a lot more Scooby Doo than HG Wells. They're like, if the Scooby Doo villains were kids playing pranks rather than adults after cash. We'll cover this sheet in luminescent paint and pretend it's a ghost! We'll make a lake monster out of this raft and some stuff from the junkyard!...
AuthorCarol Ryrie Brink
The moment Kirby and Bitsy arrive with their parents at their newly inherited motel in Florida, they know it's an unusual place. First of all, it's pink. Not just regular pink, but pink, pink, PINK!

Then there's the roster of regular guests: an artist from Greenwich Village, a magician from...
AuthorJames B. Garfield
For a novel originally penned in 1957, James B. Garfield's Follow My Leader remains surprisingly current and fresh, especially with regard to the presented information and details on how guide dogs (how seeing eye dogs) are trained and the important truth that there generally is a steep learning curve...
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic
AuthorEmily Jenkins
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows.

Together is best for these three best friends. Together they look things up in the dictionary,...
A Whole Nother Story
AuthorCuthbert Soup
The three Cheeseman children, their father, and their psychic dog are all on the run. From whom? Well the CIA, naturally. But also corporate agents #5, #29, and # 207, plus two international superspies -- one of whom happens to be a chimpanzee. They all want Dr. Cheeseman and his late wife's greatest invention-a...
The House of Dies Drear
AuthorVirginia Hamilton
A family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad in this Edgar Award–winning book from Virginia Hamilton.

The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old...
AuthorEdward Ormondroyd
With a tremendous surge of its wings, the Phoenix managed to seize a branch. David's legs slipped from the bird's back, and he dangled over the abyss.
Thus ends the near-disaster of their first flight together. But don't underestimate the Phoenix! Failure only makes David's new-found friend determinded...
The Mouse and His Child
AuthorRussell Hoban
"What are we, Papa?" the toy mouse child asked his father.
"I don't know," the father answered. "We must wait and see."
A tin father and son dance under a Christmas tree until they break ancient clock-work rules and are themselves broken. Discarded, rescued, repaired by a tramp, they quest for...
AuthorWendelin Van Draanen
Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba.

Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can’t keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd.

Bubba has been the bane of Nolan’s existence for five long years. So when Mr. Green asks the class...
AuthorFrank Bonham
Brian's sister and mother vanished without a trace over a year ago. It was not uncommon. People were disappearing everywhere. To Brian, life had become a frightening madness. He knows that in another two years the planet will be unable to support life.
Now suddenly, his father is gone. Fighting...
AuthorEleanor Cameron
No other Earthlings know the Mushroom Planet like David and Chuck. They have seen the green ball shining in the vast black of outer space. And they have walked in its giant mushroom forests.

Now they are going back. The flight is top secret. But someone's found out, and stowed away on the space...
AuthorClifford B. Hicks
Whenever Alvin's Magnificent Brain kicks into action, it's time to watch out! For Alvin is always thinking up another marvelous invention. Maybe it's the Foolproof Burglar Alarm for his bedroom door, or a Sure Shot Paper Slinger for delivering newspapers from his bike. But there's no doubt about it,...
AuthorCrockett Johnson
Years ago, I remember reading a story that had something to do with drawing the world using a purple crayon. It stuck in my head because of two reasons: one, the idea of literally drawing your world fascinated me, and two, my favorite color is purple. =)

Fast forward a few years, and I was walking...
AuthorPeggy Parish
Each summer Lisa, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue,...
Snowbound With Betsy
AuthorCarolyn Haywood
I found this in a Goodwill with a very vintage cover and yellowed pages and had to pick it up for our trip to Antarctica. While on the adventure, I read this and it was absolutely adorable and awesome timing to be reading such a story. I will say that it's very different from books that kids request nowadays...
Mystery of the Green Cat
AuthorPhyllis A. Whitney
With its black eyes, the creature looks at the four children, mysteriously wise, mysteriously alive...."

What is the secret of the green cat? Why does it mean so much to the strange people who live next door?

Why is the old baroness kept a prisoner there in the gloomy old mansion?

Fergus Crane
AuthorPaul Stewart
Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo
Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship "Betty Jeanne "and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box...
Arabel's Raven
AuthorJoan Aiken
The first story about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer. In Arabel's Raven, Mr Jones, while driving his taxi, notices something bedraggled in the road. He stops and discovers an injured raven. He takes it home and his four-year-old daughter Arabel falls in love at first sight. 'His name is Mortimer,'...
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