Monday, October 5, 2009
Do You Know...: The Mushroom Man by Ethel Pochocki
The Mushroom Man
Sorry, I couldn't resist the play on words of the children's song in my blog post title. (For those that didn't recognize it, I'm referencing the children's classic "Do You Know the Muffin Man?") It just made me smile thinking of it and since this is actually a children's storybook, it fit perfectly! (Hey, there...no running off just because it's a storybook...they are not like Trix cereal you know! Silly rabbits, they're for all ages! Oops, there I go again with the nostalgic references....back to the book!)
This is the story of the lonely Mushroom Man. (Okay, so you gathered that much from the title...keep reading...) He is named as such not only for the work he does (he "mines" for the tasty little fungi in the dark), but his appearance (you may look a bit pasty too if the majority of your awake time was spent bathe only in the moon's soft glow). Needless to say when one resembles a bulbous headed mushroom with legs, the children in the surrounding community are probably not going to be that kind. Although accepting of his way of life, he finds himself longing for companionship. What pet would make a good match for someone with a lifestyle such as his though? After considering his options and experiencing the fowl taste of losing a friend, one is bestowed upon him in an unthinkable, yet highly appropriate form...a mole! Now moles and humans are not exactly known for being the best of friends, and this one in particular harbors some ill feelings which are definitely warranted considering his past experience. Can these two strangers look past the surface to find the warm glow of true friendship within?
Special thanks to Sarah at Tilbury House, Publishers for the review copy! (THANK YOU!) For more information, definitely check out the portion of their site highlighting this delightful tale.
It looks like we've stumbled across another one dealing with pets. If you have pets currently or have had any in the past, I'm sure it would be hard to pick your favorite. Instead of placing that label on one of them (hey, you might make the others jealous!), I want you to dig within your memory bank and share one of your fondest memories of time spent with them.
For mine...there are so many to choose from...I'd say one of them would just be relaxing with my longest-had (although not eldest) poochie, Brittany. She would lay across the foot of my bed and we'd watch TV together...me resting my head on her middle. It was great fun....(only said in the past tense since she prefers the WHOLE bed now.) =0)
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Until next time...happy reading!
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