About The Fungus



Written by Periwinkle Blue. 47 full-color, 8.5X11″ pages, filled with whimsical illustrations by Michele Anderson. Anderson’s artwork was inspired by an orginal concept drawing of the town by youth illustrator, Cameron Youngblood. (See Authors & Contributors section below for biographies.)

There’s something rotten in the town of Better-Than-Best, and it’s not your stinky socks!

Better-Than-Best is one of the prettiest, little towns you ever could enter, with all of the houses facing the center, and then the humongous fungus comes. It’s black and it’s thick, and it’ s making them sick! Ick! Some of it got on a hockey stick and all over poor Charlie Twoodle’s noodles.

Who can they call? What can they do? Things go from bad to worse when they call in Bubblehead Bingham Blue, an expert from Timbuktu, who claims to have the cure in the bottom of his shoe.

Can they make it go away, or is the humongous fungus here to stay?

“This is a great, feel-good story with a conflict kids can relate to and a solution that makes for good discussion. The illustrations are charming and colorful, and if you read it aloud you get to say ‘humongous fungus’ several times, which is fun.”
Rachel Terry says, “This book is one of those amazing allegories that not only children love, but also their parents too. I love that every time I read this book, I gain a new insight or new application for the truths it contains.”
“Entertaining, whimsical and brilliant!”   ~ Marnie Pehrson, Popular Inspirational Speaker and Bestselling author of Angel and the Enemy.



• The authors are presently doing, readings, speaking engagements, and activities at elementary schools and libraries.

• An album about THE HUMONGOUS FUNGUS is being composed by singer and song-writer Amber Dawn Anderson with the help of Irish-born composer, Kim Carroll.

• We will be designing t-shirts, mugs, keychains, and other novelty items to go along with this title. The t-shirts have been a bit hit!

If you would like to schedule a Humongous Fungus assembly for your school or community event, email us at info@arborhousebooks.com.


Who is Periwinkle Blue?
Sandra Poole and Jennifer Youngblood created the pen name of Periwinkle Blue as a creative outlet for their children’s books.


Sandra Poole and Jennifer Youngblood, Co-Authors (Also see “About Us“)
A mother and daughter writing team, whose previous novels include LIVIN’ IN HIGH COTTON, a historical novel inspired by the life of Sandra’s grandmother and bestselling STONEY CREEK, ALABAMA, a contemporary romantic thriller.

Sandra has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Alabama, and Jennifer has a Bachelor of Art in English from Brigham Young University in Hawaii.
Sandra and Jennifer were both raised in Alabama and now live in the Rocky Mountains where they continue to write together.


Michele Anderson, Illustrator
As a young child, Michele Anderson loved doing pencil portraits of people and animals. Through years of constant painting and study, she now excels in creating portraits in oil and has painted over 200 commissioned portraits.
This is Anderson’s first time illustrating a children’s book, and she’s looking forward to doing many more.


Cameron Youngblood, Concept Artist
Cameron loves drawing, skateboarding, and playing basketball. His first original drawings were the inspiration for the town of Better-Than-Best.