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Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
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My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez
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The Mushroom Fan Club: 05/19/18

The Mushroom Fan Club

The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is a short, jaunty book that defies easy classification. It's nonfiction. It's a memoir. It's an introduction to mushroom hunting. It's a graphic novel. It's a picture book.

The book is inspired by the author and her family's enjoyment of mushroom hunting in the forests near Montreal. The fungi are drawn in this delightful balance between being realistic enough to be recognizable, but with cartoony faces, with wide eyes straight out of a comic strip.

There's one representative mushroom from each of the basic types. There's a page that outlines the parts of a mushroom. My son commented that the gills, though drawn on this generic mushroom, aren't labeled. The next page explains that decision; not all fungi have gills but enough of them have the other parts that those are labeled.

Regardless, it's an adorable and informative book. It's also a reminder that I have enjoyed books from her Les petits dégoûtants (disgusting critters) series and I should read more of them. There are eight in total, though only seven have been translated into English.

Five stars

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