Monday, October 14, 2013

Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices, by David M. Schwartz (photographs by Dwight Kuhn)

Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices
Author: David M. Schwartz
Photographer: Dwight Kuhn
Publisher: Creston Books
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
Source: Net Galley

My three-year-old daughter and did not quite agree on this book. And rightly so. A preschooler's reaction to icky gross things is usually quite different than her mom's. So I've split it up into two reviews:

My Review: Ewwww! It's so gross! I mean I knew it would be gross because it's about mold and rotting fruit. It IS called "Rotten Pumpkin" after all. But still, it's sooo gross. Close ups of fuzzy mold and slugs, coupled with little stories from the points of view of the bugs, fungi, soil and pumpkin itself. It's definitely not for the squeamish.

Magda's Review: This book was fantastic! I really liked how the slime mold is actually a whole bunch of little molds that work together. It's good to work together. And there are a lot of true facts in this book, like how some molds are used for medicine and fermentablation [she means 'fermentation'] which is good. Why don't we let our fruits rot so we can feed all the bugs and molds? We should do that!

Sigh. Thanks a lot, David M. Schwartz and Dwight Kuhn. My daughter loved your very informative and verrrry icky book.


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