Feed the Need to Read: But, Pleez Don' Feed da Allygator!
Melinda T. Falgoust
"Back in de swamp
where dat Spanish moss grow,
I heard me a story
from long time ago..."
So begins a familiar tale with a Cajun twist as told by children's picture book author, Mike Artell. With delightful characters illustrated with rustic country charm by Jim Harris, Mr. Artell brings new life to the well-known folk story "Little Red Riding Hood". This is a book certain to feed the literary appetite of any child who loves a good story. In honor of the Kid Lit Blog Hop #16, co-hosted by Mother, Daughter & Son Book Reviews, I am giving away an autographed copy of this wonderful book to one lucky winner.
Petite Rouge weaves a story in Cajun-accented verse as spicy as the hot sauce that Petite's cat, TeJean, uses to thwart the Big Bad Wolf...'er, Gator. Yes, folks, I said Gator. A Cajun tale set in a swamp wouldn't be quite complete without a crafty "allygator", and good ol' Claude slithers in to fit the bill. Speaking of bills, Petite Rouge is no spring chicken herself. No, really. She isn't. She's a duck. And she is adorably drawn by artist Jim Harris whose work some might recognize from Ten Little Dinosaurs.
If you're fortunate enough to live in an active theatrical community, keep your eyes peeled for a perfomance of the musical stage adaptation of Petite Rouge. It is a Deep South treat for the eyes and ears of families everywhere. Watch a sneak peek as performed by JPAS Theater for Young Audiences in 2010. The cast is comprised of some very talented local New Orleans actors I am fortunate to call friends.
Good luck and happy reading!