The boy builds this spaceship and a dog like a creature appears and makes the ship real. They take off on amazing adventures. I read this in the very early '60s and have never forgotten it.


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This is Rusty's Space Ship by Evelyn Lampman. The dog-like creature actually looks somewhat like a kangaroo; it's an extraterrestrial named "Tiphia". And the boy and girl who go along with the ride, also take an actual dog with them. P.S. The spaceship is made of scraps of wood. The boy finds a thin disk of metal in a junkyard and hammers it on the nose of his ship. Tiphia comes looking for it -- the disk is actually his spaceship.


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