The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm and Norman Hunter’s many sequels are excellent novels to read to students as part of a unit of work on scientists and inventors. The original book, first written in 1933 is an enjoyable book to read aloud, especially if you are capable of adopting appropriate accents for the main characters. Children could find the language a bit stilted and convoluted but Norman Hunter did produce easy to read Young Puffin versions of his Professor Branestawm stories in the early 80s. (They are a great introduction to the Professor) The success of the first Professor Branestawm is partly due to the excellent illustrations provided by W. Heath Robinson, which add to the eccentric appearance of the Professor and his friends as well as the clutter and chaos of his household.
Each chapter is a self-contained story (like Mary Poppins written at much the same time)so you can dip into the various books and read whatever chapters take your fany or meet a certain purpose without affecting the flow of the overall story. This unit focusses on the original book rather than the many sequels which might be difficult to find. The original is a Classic and still in print.
This unit was developed like all my literature units using Blooms Taxonomy.