Fungi Grow

S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665903653.
K-Gr 4–This vibrantly illustrated picture book sheds a comprehensive light on the often-overlooked mushroom. At first glance, this is a book for younger readers, but each page also features more detailed facts and information about the fascinating fungi world that older elementary students will appreciate as well. The narrative follows the life cycle of a mushroom, starting with a spore and then emphasizing how fungi grow above and below ground, and how they can be helpful but also deadly. The zombie ant fungus is something straight out of a sci-fi horror film! Sudyka’s illustrations beautifully match the text and often include words that appear themselves as part of the illustration as the fungi spores, puff, poof, and multiply. The author doesn’t shy away from using scientific terminology, such as mycelium, hyphae, and mycologist. Back matter includes a glossary and a list of resources and fun facts.
VERDICT A noteworthy addition to all collections and a book that is sure to enthrall young biologists.

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