THEODORE AND THE TALKING MUSHROOM by Leo Lionni

THEODORE AND THE TALKING MUSHROOM

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

When timid, inconsequential Theodore (a close cousin to Frederick and Alexander) discovers a blue mushroom that says "quirk," he convinces his friends--a lizard, a turtle, and a frog--that this is the Mushroom of Truth, "the only one in the whole world," and that "quirk" means "that the mouse should be venerated above all other animals." The fraud works until the fora friends (among them a crowned and garlanded Theodore riding on the turtle's back) come upon a whole field of quirking blue mushrooms; then the other animals turn on Theodore, who runs away never to be seen again. Theodore is just too appealing for either his self-promotion or his disappearance to be taken with equanimity, but we have to admit that his fate fits the crime. Lionni's collages in earthy browns and greens (except for the mushrooms) are more restrained than his backgrounds for Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse (1969) and subtler in their interplay of artifice and nature.
Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1971
ISBN: 0375845518
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Pantheon
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1971




MORE BY LEO LIONNI

ChildrenAN EXTRAORDINARY EGG by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni
ChildrenMR. McMOUSE by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni
ChildrenA BUSY YEAR by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni