Rodney Rootle’s Grown-Up Grappler and Other Treasures from the Museum of Outlawed Inventions

28 Jul

After an extensive Google search I finally found a copy of my beloved children’s book, “Rodney Rootle’s Grown-Up Grappler and Other Treasures from the Museum of Outlawed Inventions”.

All I remembered about it was that the book was lavishly illustrated, and was about secret museum that was full of clever inventions that made life easier for children, like a cheating pencil, that when sharpened had the answers written in the pencil shavings.

With just a few variations of that I managed to locate my lost memory and have purchased it from Amazon.com. Here is a review of the book published in the New York Times around 1983.

It was called “Outlawed Inventions” in the UK where it was originally published.

I used to check this out of the library over and over and over.

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The illustrations definitely have a influence from William Heath Robinson’s work in the 1930’s.

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