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The Fungus That Ate My School - Arthur Dorros, 2000    THE FUNGUS THAT ATE MY SCHOOL

by Arthur Dorros,
illustrated by David Catrow
(Scholastic, 2000)

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A group of children returns to school after a rainy spring vacation to find that a slimy green, yellow and purple fuzz is covering everything, even the principal's office. IT's a fungus! But where did IT come from, and how can they get rid of IT?


"When three young scientists leave a fungus experiment unattended over a wet and rainy spring vacation, [they] return to discover that an insatiable uber-fungus has taken over the school, devouring (and mocking) everything in its slimy path. While Dorros tells this picture book parody of a sci-fi thriller with relative restraint and sly humor, Catrow's wildly Seussian illustrations burst off the pages. Run for your lives!"–The Horn Book

"Dorros's hyperbolic romp is unapologetically silly."–Publishers Weekly

Author's note: the story behind the story

In the part of the country where I live, the Pacific Northwest, the conditions are often right for fungi to grow. A fungus got my shoe, another started eating its way through my clothes, and there's a fungus in our basement-my son has been growing it. (That one is contained, though it's eaten its way through a metal bowl.) Fungi can take many forms, from wispy and cotton-like to slimy, slithery masses. With moisture and a little something for nutrition, a fungus can get growing. Fungus can be serious business. But not in this book. This is a fungus like neither you, nor I, has ever seen before. It has a mind of its own, and the illustrator even has it wearing a cowboy hat as it takes off.

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