February 22nd, 2009, 12:47 PM
YA book re: trip to Mars, 2waring "vegetable"-like alien races, telepathy
I'm trying to find a book I read as a child/young adult in the mid-70's.
The book involved a father (or grandfather?) building a spaceship behind his house. The father and two children (boy and girl) took a trip to Mars where they encountered two alien races at war with each other. The alien races were vegetable-like; one (good?) was short and squat , and the other (bad?) was tall and thin, cucumber-like with tentacles. The aliens communicated with the humans and with each by telepathy.
I borrowed the book from the public library in our small town in upstate NY. The book had illustrations; I can still picture the spaceship and the aliens. I would guess it was written in the late 50's or 60's, probably before manned missions to the moon.
I know this probably sounds like dozens of other books, but maybe someone else out there read it and remembers... Any help will be appreciated.
February 22nd, 2009, 09:38 PM
\m/ BEER \m/
February 24th, 2009, 09:11 PM
That's not it...
Thanks for the reply. Based upon several of reviews I read on the "Mushroom Planet" (and others in the same series), I'm sure its not the book that I'm thinking of. I hope someone else may have an idea...
February 26th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Keeping The Equilibrium
Could be a Heinlein YA book, but I can't think of a title right now...