A rare beastie, a book for children that I enjoyed as an adult(?). The Professor's curiosity is infectious, as is his desire to use science to help with the everyday problems. I found his approach of going to the library, and finding as many books on a subject as possible, endearing. Particularly, his willingness to lend as much credence to the ideas of Jules Verne as to technical literature. Of course, it wasn't written for middle aged men, but for children. So read this to a friends son, Theo; a precocious eight year old boy with loads of energy and a short attention span. He was gripped. He listened attentively and, a warning here, asked questions. Some about vocabulary, but mostly about the ideas behind the inventions, He laughed at some of the humour which I thought would go over his head and found jokes that I had missed. When I asked him what he liked, some of the answers surprised me. "I liked the way the inventions finished in the shed, where he could use the bits again." "How did the robot maid learn to be like real people?" and most perceptively "Why are clever people so stupid sometimes?" in reaction to the moon mission. This book provoked questions about people and science. But the most significant question I heard was at the end, "Is there another book?"