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The fungus that ate my school
Dorros, Arthur.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
While the students are home for spring vacation, the fungus they are growing in their classroom grows and grows and takes over the entire school.
Reading Level:
AD 260 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 42125.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.9 3 Quiz: 21168 Guided reading level: M.
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When the kids come back to school after a rainy spring vacation, they find that everything is covered with slimy green and purple fuzz. It's fungus! But where did it come from? And how on earth can they get rid of it?

Author Notes

Arthur Dorros, an author and occasional illustrator, was born in Washington, D.C. on May 19, 1950. He attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. degree in 1972. He received his postgraduate teaching certification from Pacific Oaks College in 1979. He has worked odd jobs in his youth such as: builder, carpenter, drafter and photographer. He was a teacher for both elementary and junior high. He was the artist in residence for more than a dozen New York public schools while running programs in creative writing and bookmaking. Some of his children's books are written in both English and Spanish. He also writes books that deal with science and nature. Ant Cities and Feel the Wind were named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council and A Tree is Growing was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. He has received the Reading Rainbow Review book selections award for three of his books - Alligator Shoes, Ant Cities and Abuela.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. In queasy purples, acid yellows, and a profusion of squiggles, Catrow lets his extremely fertile imagination run rampant in Dorros' tale of a science experiment gone psychedelic. Mr. Harrison's fungus experiments, left at school during a rainy vacation, take over, muffling bells; causing Mr. Page the librarian, resplendent in his fuchsia socks, to faint; and presenting a vivid case of just what happens when fungus eats homework. Professor Macademia is called in and gets the Fungus Unit to commence "whirring and clanking, swooshing and scrubbing" to free the school of infestation, and the class gets an award--from the Museum of Fungus and Industry. Words can scarcely do justice to the whorls and sploches of vertiginous color, the lovingly detailed fungoid figures--think Edward Gorey colorized and gone mad--or the utter silliness of weird eggheaded kids and their equally weird-looking teachers. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dorros's (Abuela; Rain Forest Secrets) hyperbolic romp is unapologetically silly, the stuff of B movies. During a particularly damp spring break, a science-class mold experiment outgrows its jar. Three elementary schoolers return from vacation to find an amorphous algae-green shape dominating the lab and library. The giant slimy thing seems to pose no threat to humans, but its purple-splotched feelers, orange-striped tentacles and hairy cilia grope the brackish schoolyard. Part of the huge organism sits at the principal's desk, waving a tardy slip in a rakish caricature; another portion works in the cafeteria, where a chalkboard menu offers "tuna leucocephalum" and "peaches sporangia." The slender plot gets lots of help from Catrow (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!), who turns a quaint schoolhouse into a little shop of horrors. Dr. Seuss's influence can be seen in Catrow's squiggly line drawings, which feature mushroom-like trees and eccentric characters; Catrow's own signature can be detected in the sickly pink and mossy green blotches of watercolor, which effectively gross out the audience. Good for plenty of yucks. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Mr. Harrison's science class is studying and growing various fungi in jars. Returning from a rainy spring break, the students discover that the mold has escaped from its container and spread throughout the leaking, closed-up building. Catrow's exuberant watercolor-and-gouache illustrations reveal the frisky fungus taking over the school: serving food in the cafeteria, answering the principal's phone, and devouring books in the library. The artwork's constant movement, humorous situations, and varying perspectives call for close examination; the story, however, is less than exciting. At the teacher's request, fungus-expert Professor Macademia not only rids the school of the unwanted parasite, but also declares it a "great discovery" for which Mr. Harrison and his class receive an award. The weak tale predictably ends with the teacher announcing, "No more fungus experiments-until next year." The humor comes from the pictures of the three-student school and its inhabitants, both human and thallophyte. An additional purchase at best.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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