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Mushroom Man, The

“Barry Moser’s illustrations glow with the quiet warmth and heart of the Mushroom Man and complement so well this story of friendship.”
— Eric Carle

"The writing, too, is both crisp and kind. Readers ages 7-11 will find themselves pulling for the mushroom man as his narrow life widens just enough to permit the entry of a boon companion."
— The Wall Street Journal

Mushroom Man, The

Thirtieth Anniversary Edition


The Mushroom Man has arrived at its thirtieth anniversary despite breaking every rule of picture-book storytelling. It is not a story about children: The only kids make a cameo appearance to taunt the mushroom man in the street. It is not a heroic story: The mushroom man toils away in a mushroom farm, coming to resemble a mushroom himself. The story doesn’t teem with personalities: The mushroom man’s existence is solitary. So why does it endure? Because it is a story of true and generous friendship. This commemorative edition includes a new introduction from Barry Moser remembering his collaboration and friendship with Ethel Pochocki. “This remains one of my all-time favorite books for kids, and some of these illustrations are among the best I’ve ever done,” Barry writes. There is also new backmatter in which Barry peels back the curtain on his illustration technique, making this book a marvelous accompaniment for teaching children’s book writing and illustrating.

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