If I Were a Fungus

Millbrook. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9798765627136.
PreS-Gr 2–Fungi are everywhere. They surround us and are in us. They are not animal or plant. Very little is known about them. This colorful introduction explores the mysterious world of fungi through the eyes of cartoon character Leo. If Leo were to become a fungus, he could travel the world yet stay in one place, or in many places. He could be underground and above. He could be tiny and huge, transparent, and polka-dotted. He could be helpful to plants and humans, perhaps helpful in cleaning up Earth’s pollutants. But this is Leo, and mostly he would be great at playing hide and seek. In an afterword, fungus components are compared to Leo. Also offered is additional information, only hinted at in the main text. This is useful as an introduction to a little-known or understood subject.
VERDICT Cartoon-style colorful illustrations give basic information on fungi for younger science students.

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