The Mushroom Man: 30th Anniversary Edition

The Mushroom Man: 30th Anniversary Edition
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Barry Moser
Publisher Name
Tilbury House Publishers
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Release Date
September 05, 2023
The thirtieth-anniversary edition of a beloved children’s book.
The Mushroom Man has arrived at its thirtieth anniversary despite breaking every rule of picture-book storytelling. It is not a story about children: The only kids make a cameo appearance to taunt the mushroom man in the street. It is not a heroic story: The mushroom man toils away in a mushroom farm, coming to resemble a mushroom himself.The story doesn’t teem with personalities: The mushroom man’s existence is solitary. So why does it endure? Because it is a story of true and generous friendship.

This commemorative edition includes a new introduction from Barry Moser remembering his collaboration and friendship with Ethel Pochocki. “This remains one of my all-time favorite books for kids, and some of these illustrations are among the best I’ve ever done,” Barry writes. There is also new back matter in which Barry peels back the curtain on his illustration technique, making this book a marvelous accompaniment for teaching children’s book writing and illustrating.

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A classic story about friendship
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The Mushroom Man is a gentle and heart-warming story of friendship.
Our main character never gets named, adding to the melancholy feel of the story. He is content to live his life with the mushrooms he cultivates, until he feels deep loneliness, then once again contentment.. maybe even true happiness.
I believe my child was too young to really grasp the meaning behind The Mushroom Man, and believe the target audience would be somewhere 10 and up.

The illustrations are subdue, but no less beautiful and they fit well with the story. My favorite would have to be the Mushroom Man and the his friend the mole enjoying a meal together.
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