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Reviewed by Lori Orlinsky for Readers' Favorite
Ungi’s Big Adventure is a sweet story about a resourceful young mushroom who unexpectedly gets separated from her parents during a rainstorm. When she finds herself all alone after the storm, she doesn't cry or sulk. Instead, she is a quick thinker, immediately jumping into action, asking for help from whoever she encounters. She asks a dragonfly, jungle animals, and a fish for help, among others. Each animal leads Ungi on a journey, pointing Ungi closer to reuniting with her parents. While most little ones would be scared, exhausted and ready to quit, Ungi is determined to find her family.
You don’t often get a chance to read picture books starring a mushroom, and it was a treat to read about Ungi’s journey in Ungi's Big Adventure. The illustrations were beautifully detailed and the length of the book is perfect to hold the attention of young readers. The plot is also very easy for them to understand. While this story is essentially about a mushroom’s journey home, the message behind it is deeper: don’t give up and keep at it! I love that even though this mushroom went from one animal to another seeking advice on how to get home and hitting dead ends, she kept pushing forward with a determined mindset. The story also spoke of a child’s love for and bond with their parents. I’d definitely recommend this book for the preschool age crowd, as they’ll love the adventure that Ungi uncovers at the turn of every page.