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Matthew Looney's Voyage to the Earth

(Matthew and Maria Looney #1)

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Matthew Looney’s Voyage to the Earth tells the story of a boy living on the Moon who has always dreamed of space travel. Matthew is a typical Moon boy with a family, a pet, and a plan to fill a summer position at his father’s work. That is, until his world turns upside down when he learns of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to be the cabin boy on a space expedi ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published 1961 by William R. Scott, Inc.
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Ken
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun series! I like all 7 of the Matthew and Maria Looney books, with Maria Looney on the Red Planet being my personal favorite. This debut entry in the series, though, is outstanding. Children's literature today seems to lack the depth and creativity of books like Matthew Looney's Voyage to the Earth.

There is a Facebook group for fans of the Looney series, by the way:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/37816...

And I think there's now even an e-book for this particular title:
http://www.matthew
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Julia
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I'm asked what was the first science fiction book that I ever read. Does this (read at around age 6) count?
Matthew Looney and his family live on the moon. They don't believe that Earth can support life. Matthew's uncle is captain of an exploratory mission to Earth and Matthew goes along as cabin boy,


When I read this as a child, I wasn't aware of genres. It was just a fun adventure.
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LauraW
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like many who have commented on this book, I read it many, many years ago - probably when it was brand new. It was one of my first "science fiction" books and I loved the whole series, which I read repeatedly. It was the right mix of adventure, humor, and something out of the ordinary.

The date is the date of the annotation. There is no way I can remember when I really read the book.
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Nils Andersson
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an unexpected gem! Written at the time of the excitement of the US moon programme, this book tells the story of a moon-boy that gets to travel to the supposedly uninhabited planet earth (and back, of course).It is a great story, with entertaining twists and clever world play. Fantastic bedtime reading. Highly recommended.
Stephen
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was probably 3rd grade when I began this wonderful children's book series - my first Sci-Fi:) ...more
Harold Ogle
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, classics, space
I read this when I was a child, so I was delighted to find a copy at one of the several libraries I frequent (the Mountain View library, which has a particularly fine collection of out-of-print children's books). It's a book that I could read to both of my kids without qualms of being too intense for my youngest, unlike, say, The Hobbit or A Wizard of Earthsea. Having a book that both kids can enjoy makes reading aloud much simpler.

This book was published at the very start of the US space progra
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Mark
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We all have books that are our personal favorites when we are growing up. This series of books, with their wonderful, whimsical illustrations completely captured my imagination. They are the perfect book for a kid. Reading them brought me a lot of joy and influenced my drawing style tremendously. For me, they were the perfect books at the perfect time.
David
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved these books as a child.
Andrew Kopp
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Political intrigue in a children's book? How about backstabbing and suspense? This is from when children's books had everything. ...more
Shanna
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 19, science-fiction
Matthew is a moon native. He dreams of being a space explorer, including visiting Earth to look for life. He gets his chance, makes a very poor choice, but it's okay because it all worked out in the end. The story was imaginative and fun to think of a society on the moon, but Matthew isn't particularly nice or very smart, and I did not like that his irresponsibility is rewarded. ...more
Mike Y
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Matthew Looney series was my introduction to "science fiction" when I was around 8-9 years old. Absolutely loved every book. Matthew's interactions with his sister and family were easily relatable to my childhood. Also the drawings by Gahan Wilson were hilarious. Would heartily recommend to any young reader. ...more
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