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The Mushroom Man

A wonderfully odd tale of friendship

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THE MUSHROOM MAN, by Ethel Pochocki, is a story about a cheerful but homely man who works in a windowless mushroom farm living a lonely existence until he seeks out and finds a special new friend.

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THE MUSHROOM MAN, by Ethel Pochocki, is a story about a cheerful but homely man who works in a windowless mushroom farm living a lonely existence until he seeks out and finds a special new friend.

Reviews:

“‘They called him the mushroom man, for indeed he did resemble the crop he tended. His round, oversized head was a bit too large for the rest of his body, and his flesh, pale as paste, was spongey to the touch.’ With such vivid prose Pochocki crafts a tender and unusual (but believable) tale of a misfit’s search for companionship. On the same starry night he is abandoned by the cat he has adopted, the lonely mushroom farmer meets a mole. Over a shared dinner of truffles, the two become fast friends and, after the first frost, the mole becomes the man’s roommate. Moser depicts their first Christmas together with great elan: the mushroom man wears the sparkly red sunglasses the mole gave him, while the mole savors his gift of imported French worms. Moser’s shadowy, offbeat style harmonizes with Pochocki’s uncommonly inspired text. A wonderfully odd tale of friendship.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“In beautifully written prose, Pochocki relates the story of an elderly man who is content with his life, but still rather lonely. His occupation and his appearance set him apart from others in his town, for he works in the dark in a mushroom factory and, with his oversized head and pale white skin, even resembles the fungi with which he toils. He decides that a pet might be a friend and accept him as he is, and takes in a beautiful stray cat. But the animal, a born wanderer, leaves him. Finally he cautiously befriends just the right animal for him, a mole. Pochocki shows their developing friendship as they share truffles and Christmas gifts, both concluding that the very best gift is having a friend. This is a sweet, quiet story with a special message. Like the Mushroom man himself, it may not appeal to young children at first glance, but introducing them to it will be well worth the effort.  Moser’s realistic pictures are dark with just a glimmer of light. They reinforce the quiet, emotive quality of the narrative and are a fine accompaniment to the story.” -Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library, School Library Journal: Grade 1-4

“…beautifully written prose…This is a sweet, quiet story with a special message.” -Maine In Print, Summer 2006

About the Author/Illustrator:

Ethel Pochocki is the mother of eight, and foster parent to seven cats. The author of many children’s books, including The Gazebo, Maine Marmalade, Rosebud and Red Flannel, Wildflower Tea, A Penny for a Hundred, and The Mistletoe Girl and Other Christmas Stories, she makes her home in Brooks, Maine.

Barry Moser is an award-winning illustrator with over 200 books to his credit, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which won a National Book Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Design and currently serves on the faculty of the art department of Smith College. Illustrator, designer, educator, lecturer, and essayist, Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Emily, four cats, and an English Mastiff

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 x 10.00 x 0.254 in
Pages

26

Illustrator

Barry Mosher

ISBN

978-0-88448-278-9

Format

Paperback

Author

Ethel Pochocki

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