I’ve always been entranced at the huge variety of mushrooms I see on my walks and this book makes me want to jump up and go look for them...Do NOT miss this book.Youth Services Book Review
Join Elise Gravel as she explores the science of some of nature's weirdest and wildest characters—mushrooms!
Elise Gravel is back with a whimsical look at one of her family’s most beloved pastimes: mushroom hunting! Combining her love of getting out into nature with her talent for anthropomorphizing everything, Gravel takes us on a magical tour of the forest floor and examines a handful of her favorite alien specimens up close. While the beautiful coral mushroom looks like it belongs under the sea, the peculiar lactarius indigo may be better suited for outer space! From the fun-to-stomp puffballs to the prince of the stinkers—the stinkhorn mushroom—and the musically inclined chanterelles, Gravel shares her knowledge of this fascinating kingdom by bringing each species to life in full felt-tip marker glory.
Governor General award winning author Elise Gravel’s first book with Drawn & Quarterly, If Found…Please Return to Elise Gravel, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and instant hit among librarians, parents, and kids alike. Fostering the same spirit of creativity and curiosity, The Mushroom Fan Club promises to inspire kids to look more closely at the world around them and seek out all of life’s little treasures, stinky or not!
Praise for The Mushroom Fan Club
An introduction to mushrooms may sound dull, but Gravel can make anything exciting and weird. Searching for mushrooms is ‘like a treasure hunt that nature organized just for us!’ she enthuses, but it’s really her descriptive take on her subject that will have kids heading for the woods.The Toronto Star
It’s amazing what a pair of googly eyes and a smile can do...There’s a welcoming simplicity to [Gravel’s] work, but images like that first illustration of the forest also showcase her skill with denser, more immersive visuals.The AV Club
With it’s personable approach, casual asides, and goofy humour, the book has the feel of a classroom visit from the Mushroom Lady… This book won’t turn young readers into instant mycologists, but it very well might make them crouch a little closer to the ground the next time they walk in the woods.Quill & Quire
The Mushroom Fan Club brilliantly demonstrates the clever imagination of cartoonist Elise Gravel... It’s certain to be a fun read.New York Botanical Garden