The Great Brain
by John D. Fitzgerald
illustrated by Mercer Mayer
These books (some of them) have been re-published, which is wonderful, as it's always a shame when good stories become unavailable to readers. And there are more in the series (that you might only find at your library, 'though I think Amazon has a few of the series):
- More Adventures of the Great Brain
- Me and My Little Brain
- The Great Brain Reforms
- The Return of the Great Brain
- The Great Brain Does It Again
- The Great Brain Is Back
by George Seldon
(First published in 1973)
Unfortunately, this book is out of print. You can still purchase copies second-hand, and definitely try your library, as they usually have older classics like this.
Amos the mouse feels the need to set the record straight on how Benjamin Franklin got the ideas for all of his marvelous inventions.
A witty, humorous and interesting look at a great figure in history.
ALSO try Lawson's other historical fiction book along similar lines: Mr. Revere and I.
The Enormous Egg
by Oliver Butterworth
illustrated by Louise Darling
(First published in 1957)
Nate Twitchell is shocked to discover that his hen has laid a very un-hen-sized egg. It's so enormous, she can't sit on it. When it hatches, he and the whole town, indeed the whole country, get the surprise of a lifetime when out pops a triceratops. Find out what happens as this enormous baby starts eating and eating...
A fun story, set in the 1950's, that my little girls loved when I read it aloud to them a couple years ago.