The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron – 1954

Two boys find a newspaper advertisement looking for a homebuilt spaceship. They quickly build one out of tin and scrap wood, and bring it to the advertiser. He makes a few modifications, gives them special fuel, and tells them the must visit the mushroom planet, an undiscovered, invisible moon of Earth’s.

They will require a mascot to be successful, he warns, so they grab a chicken and blast off into space.

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