The cover and the title drew me to this book. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is shelved under graphic novel at my library, looks more like an easy reader, but I think it’s most like a picture book–an incredibly interesting and fun nonfiction book.
You don’t have to love mushrooms to read this book. It’s about the author and her family and their mushroom hunts. Sounds fun, no? Imagine tromping through the forest, looking for puffballs or polypores. After a brief introduction (and a fancy word, mycologist, which is a mushroom expert), Gravel shows us several varieties of mushrooms (one per double page spread) and sprinkles it with delightful details. For example, Morels. “Aaaah, morels. They are so cute. They look like an alien’s brain.” It’s like having a conversation with someone who is really excited about something you know nothing about, but their enthusiasm makes you excited too.
In the back, there’s a few activities, including how to make a spore print. Spores are the dusty seed-like stuff that comes off of mushrooms.