The Mad Scientists' Club Series

shelved under Children's Books

Every one of us has a book series or two (or three or five or nine) that we fondly remember from our childhood.

For me, it included a lot of the usual suspects... "Little House on the Prairie", "Henry Reed", "The Great Brain"... but it also included a few lesser-known ones such as The "Dann Dunn" books and these — "The Mad Scientists' Club".

I suppose calling this a series is stretching it. There were only two books. But most chapters were stand-alone stories so it felt like more books. And now two more volumes have been reprinted/unearthed. If you're looking for a little nostalgia, these will do the trick quite nicely.

 

The Mad Scientists' Club

by Bertrand R. Brinley, illustrated by Charles Geer

Linda Larsen says:

Fabulous book — fun, not too difficult to read, lots of twists and turns. Great for boys and girls. It's a classic! Even though I'm way over 35, I reread this book at least once a year.

 

The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club

by Bertrand R. Brinley, illustrated by Charles Geer

This book is a perfect continuation of the first volume — it's just more really fun "great boys" "science" "a simpler time" = "a great read for any boy between 8 and 11".

 

The Big Kerplop!: The Original Adventure of the Mad Scientists' Club

by Bertrand R. Brinley, illustrated by Charles Geer

Written as a prequel to the first two books, this book originally was published in a very limited run of only ~1,000 copies. Now re-released (and with a more substantial print run one assumes) you can finally complete your Mad Scientists' Club collection. Note that while the first books were full of chapter-length adventures, this is a novel-length story and many feel it's actually better than the two original books.

 

The Big Chunk of Ice: The Last Known Adventure of the Mad Scientists' Club

by Charles Geer, Bertrand R. Brinley

And finally, the 4th and final adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club!

It's another novel-length story and any true fan will, of course, pick this up and devour it... but be warned, the word on the street is that it's not quite as good as the originals.