Humongous Fungus
Humongous Fungus

Humongous Fungus

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Inhabiting a whole kingdom of their own, fungi can be found in every ecosystem.

They carpet the forest floor, and hidden fungi decompose matter, feed plants, and affect how animals function.

Their beautiful mushrooms come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Fungal stories include the greening of the Earth, when fungi helped plants first grow on land, and the mass destruction of crops through fungal disease. From the villains of the possible extinction of bananas to plastic-eating eco-warriors, there are more than 1.5 million fungus species, and a huge, unknown number of unnamed “dark” types. They affect other creatures, too, for example by helping break down food, or controlling their minds against their will.

Continuing from the gorgeous Under Your Feet, and touching on similar topics of conservation and the secret processes within ecosystems, this book of fabulous fungi will intrigue and amaze young readers.

About the Author

Lynne Boddy is a prominent mycologist, whose research has been published in the New Scientist. She established the British Mycological Society’s annual Fungus Day and has contributed to numerous television and radio programs about Fungi.

Wenjia Tang was born in China and moved to the US when she was 15. She graduated from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2017 and now lives in New York. She describes herself as an animal lover, and her previous work includes creating all the artwork for the educational app Mammals, and illustrating the books Up & Down (Viction-Viction) and Under Your Feet (DK). 

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