The Mushroom Man: 30th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
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.
Barry Moser has illustrated and designed more than 300 books,including illustrated editions of Moby Dick, Frankenstein, and The Divine Comedy. His edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland won a National Book Award in 1983. His Jump, Again! The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit was included in The New York Times “Ten Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of 1987. He is Professor of Art at Smith College.
— Peter Neumeyer, children’s book author and critic,The New York Times - New York Times
Barry Moser’s illustrations glow with the quiet warmth and heart of the Mushroom Man and complement so well this story of friendship.
— Eric Carle
A little gem about true friendship that was almost lost in the great grinder that is the publishing world. Thanks to Ethel Pochocki’s lovely little story, Barry Moser’s ever glorious pictures, and Tilbury House for rescuing it.
— Jane Yolen
Moser’s shadowy, off beat style harmonizes with Pochocki’s uncommonly inspired text. A wonderfully odd tale of friendship.