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.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.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-15 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
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