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Book: Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue
Authors: Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin
Illustrator: Paul Sagsoorian
Publisher: Simon Pulse, republished 1979
ISBN-13: 978-0070705500 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 007070550X Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0671438777 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0671438778 Paperback
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Williams, Jay, and Abrashkin, Raymond. Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue (Published in 1977 by McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York City, NY). Young Danny Dunn lives with his widowed mother in Marston. When Danny was a baby, his father had died, and his mother had gone to work as housekeeper for the noted scientist Euclid Bullfinch. One day Danny, his neighbor Irene Miller who is the daughter of a Marston University astronomy professor, and their poetry writing friend Joe Pearson go fishing to try out a new invention of Danny’s. Accidentally falling into the stream, he finds a strange chemical in the water which later is shown to eat through concrete.
Where is the substance coming from? How will it affect the dam downstream, especially with a huge storm blowing in? Is there anything that Mr. Bullfinch, Danny, and his friends can do about the problem? And if so, will they be able to fix in time? Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue is Book 15 of 15 in the “Danny Dunn Series.” Danny is an inquisitive lad whose curiosity never fails to lead him into adventure. However, he is also a bit headstrong and makes a few mistakes along the way from which he learns some important lessons.
The book has a good dose of mystery and some interesting science that will especially appeal to youngsters with an interest in chemistry, biology, or environmental science. Even though the technology described in the Danny Dunn books is a little dated in some cases, the science on which it’s based is sound and the kid-oriented excitement found in each story never goes out of style. There are a few common euphemisms (gosh, golly), and Professor Bullfinch smokes a pipe. I have previously reviewed Danny Dunn and the Smallifying Machine.