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The Island of Mad Scientists: Being an Excursion to the Wilds of Scotland, Involving Many Marvels of Invention, Pirates, a Heroic Cat (The Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones)

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Aviatrix Emmaline Cayley, test pilot Rubberbones and the rest of their wacky household face a new adventure in the wilds of Scotland in this third installment in the Mad Misadventures series. On the run, the friends decide to rendezvous on the Scottish island of Urgghh, a place devoted to scientific experimentation where they believe they will find refuge. Unfortunately, n ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Kids Can Press
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Monica Edinger
Jul 31, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing
After reading Betsy's review I went off to read this book and then the second in the series. I'd already read the first a few years back. Below are my comments about this book. But I've now done a blog post about the whole series because I think they could do with more attention.

I agree with Betsy about this book. It is delightful. I'd read the first in the series a few years ago and, after reading Betsy's brief comments, picked this one up at ALA. They remind me a bit of Joan Aiken's fun alte
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Betsy
Jun 22, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I always want to kick myself when I read a sequel and find it so much fun that I can't believe I missed its predecessor. God, these books are great! If the words "high-speed chase on Penny Farthings" make your heart leap at all, take note. Fun, funny, and with the most interesting take on colonial England I've seen in a very long time. I'm almost sorry I have to review this professionally, because this book is beginning for a long and lengthy review.
Hotspur
The author is a good friend, and so I warn you, I'm somewhat biased.

Whitehouse's breezy, effortless style is exactly what I would expect out of the creator of ASTOUNDING TALES, HONOUR AND FORTUNE, and SCIENCE VERSUS PLUCK. I have always admire Howard's dry wit and droll delivery in his game designs (seek them out). To participate in an ASTOUNDING TALES game is a visual treat-- a game that plays like a mix between stand up comedy, vaudeville and performance art all at once and 90 miles an hour. H
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Melissa
Oct 28, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I figured it'd be another Precocious Kids Having Adventures book. I was delightfully proved wrong. A hilarious, fun adventure.
Heather
Mar 24, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. I sincerely hope there are more adventures to come!!
Barb G
Mar 22, 2017 Barb G rated it really liked it
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So sorry to get to the end of this series. Porok!!! Loved all of the characters, but especially Princess Purnah. She is especiallyishlings the bestest characterings ever!! Long live Chiligrit!!
Calhoun Dyer
Feb 03, 2016 Calhoun Dyer rated it liked it
The Island of Mad Scientists is a excellent read for a rainy day with free time. The wonderful transitions of point view can help you get the full view. With characters with names and descriptions like Lal Singh: A mysterious and heroic butler, The Collector: insane, obsessive yet organized, Samuel Soap: a master of disguise, Angus: a Scottish automaton, Professor Bellbuckle: a mad scientist, and Harry & Maisie: a holy man and his very fine cat. This book already promises interest. On top of ...more
Kayleen
Jan 13, 2009 Kayleen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, old or young, with a scientific or adventurous bent
This series got better and better. I liked this book the best, followed closely by the Strictest School in the World (the first book in the series.) Purnah grew on me, to the point that I was quoting her to my dogling. Whitehouse's sense of humor is delightful. From the names of Chiligriti gods (Eejit, the god of stupidity) and victory anthem "I Have Cut Out YOur Bowels With a Hairbrush" to the various mad scientists, both resident and captured, to include Freud, Tesla, Cavor, and references to ...more
Erin Sterling
Feb 03, 2009 Erin Sterling rated it really liked it
Funny, silly, and full of adventure. Emmaline and Rubberbones are friends and young experimental scientists who are escaping to an Island of Mad Scientists with Aunt Lucy, a butler, a mad scientist, and Princess Purnah, a silly princess who comes from a land far away with treacherous and deceitful relatives. With witty parody of familiar characters such as Sherlock Holmes, the book is fun to read. Younger readers might have trouble understanding Princess Purnah's English, although others will ge ...more
Evelyn
An enjoyable series. Characters lack depth--everyone, even nominal main characters Emmaline and Rubberbones, reads pretty flat--but the mad misadventures provide enough amusement that I'm willing to overlook weak characterization. A good book to read to unwind--plenty of action and variety (esp. because of the multiple viewpoint structure), cheap laughs, silly situations.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Delightfully funny and outlandish from the crazy plot twists and impossible situations to the colorful and wild characters! I love this series of books!
Tiffany
Feb 10, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I hope this isn't the last of this series because I have enjoyed them extremely much!! I love the humor and the adventure in them.
Elizabeth
Nov 23, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Fun, funny, clever, all around delightful!
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Howard Whitehouse lives in Hudson Valley, New York, US, with his wife, Lori Whitehouse, a pastor.

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The Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones (3 books)
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