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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (Puffin Classics) [Paperback]

Norman Hunter , W. Heath Robinson
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29 April 1999 Puffin Classics
Could there be an inventor as absent-minded as Professor Branestawm? However good his ideas are - a clock that doesn't need winding, a trap for burglars, a machine that does the cleaning all by itself - the mad professor always seems to end up in hilarious scrapes!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367768
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A triumph of child-friendly chaos Irish Examiner 20090103

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Ingenious and timelessly hilarious stories, presented in a new hardback edition --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine All Time Classic 3 Jun 2007
Professor Branestawm was a classic on a par with (and of the same era as) Winnie the Pooh: these are funny short stories of the Professor who is brilliant, eccentric and forgetful. He inventions always work, but usually are fatally flawed. Set in the 1930s, he occupies his bachelor pad with Mrs Flittersnoop the housemaid who usually gets the wrong end of a bad experience of one of his inventions. Highlights are stories such as "The Too-Many Professors" where an elixir of life brings photographic characters out of the pictures, including a picture of the one-year old professor wearing nothing but a smile, half a policeman saying "Pass along p..." and generally far too many professors charging around.

The best thing about the book are the "seventy-six" illustrations by W Heath Robinson - he of rickety machine fame which make the book and perfectly complement the wildly imaginative stories. Wonderful for reading to the children (as an excuse to re-read them yourself).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book together with another Professor Branestawm book, for my two older grandsons (8 and 7) at Christmas. Both are allowed time before 'lights out' to read in bed and when saying goodnight to the 7 year old saw him tucking into a chapter or two with relish. This is a second generation thing - our daughters both read and enjoyed these books 30 years ago and. I think, watched dramatisations on TV. Despite having been written a good few years ago, they still stand up today. My grandsons also love Captain Underpants (what boy wouldn't) and these books are just as crazily amusing.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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This book appeals to 8 to 11 year olds with an interest in home spun technology and foreseeable disasters. Fans of the Chuckle Brothers will recognise the genre. The inventions and science are broadly based in reality, but never actually work. My rather serious 9 year old giggles non-stop at the antics. Our favourite stories include the chemical which makes photogaphs come to life resulting in multiple Professor Branestawms of various ages from baby upward and one where the Professor loses a library book and tours the area's librarys... Great Fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I give this book five stars because it was so frequently requested but I dreaded it being chosen for night time reading, personally I find the stories unfunny and the language old fashioned but my son loved them, they really appeal to kids with a sense of humour and interest in technology. Have to say that the illustrations are great though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old childhood classic. 21 July 2013
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I grew up with the Professor Branestawm books and the fabulous drawings of W. Heath Robinson (accept no modern substitutes – this edition has the original art). Both the writing and the art are hilarious. I hadn't read Norman Hunter's work since childhood, but I bought the book for an adult friend, as a fond joke, who is into science. The stories are surreal, warm and funny. Even as a grown-up I discovered this book is still delightful. My friend now reads it to her little niece and nephew, and they all love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL 13 Feb 2013
By fred
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Highly recommended. I had fond memories of this from childhood and my son raced through it with much hilarity. Harmless exploits of the archetype nutty inventer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 17 May 2011
By dolly
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Bought this for my grandson's as i had for my own son and daughter when they were younger. Lots of laughter then as now, brilliant every child should have a copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love reading novels but Professor Branestawm are the best stories, I started reading these books when I was in year 6 and still today I find time to read a couple of Professor Branestawm stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, deranged and quite marvellous
Bought to read to my six year old niece as a bedtime story.
She is adoring it as am I.
The only problem that might be encountered is the need to explain such things as... Read more
Published 4 days ago by T. G. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic humour
I enjoyed this book as a child and was delighted to be able to read it to my seven year old son.
Not often enough that I find a book that makes us laugh out loud while... Read more
Published 25 days ago by May Family
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever plots in the slapstick tradition
I love the theory of Professor Branestawm – the nutty professor who gets into all sorts of scrapes when his inventions go wrong. Read more
Published 29 days ago by eppingstrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for an8 year old
Brought as an extra for a xmas stocking. It was a book I had in the 60's as a child.
It arrived super fast as promised and in time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mafanwy
5.0 out of 5 stars The batty, wacky, forgetful professor.
I had to buy this delightful book for my great niece as I had read most of the series by the time I was 12. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Cattanach
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stories for children
I have very fond memories of this book and the amazingly detailed illustrations of the outlandish inventions - a great find on Kindle
Published 8 months ago by Helenix
1.0 out of 5 stars Professor Branestawm
This was a popular children's book when I was a child. When I tried to read it to my children we all found the language ponderous and odd and the content tedious. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Sandelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
Although my boy wants me to keep reading the book and so is enjoying it, I cannot recommend it very highly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Manton
5.0 out of 5 stars Down Memory Lane
Could not believe it when i put in the words Professor Brainstom up came the above book--even though I had the name wrongly spelt--it was a series that I had as a class reader at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MARGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good thirty years on.
Bought this for a Christmas present for my son as he liked it when a youngster. He loved it said it had no lost anythin in the years between and thinks it would still please a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ellie P
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