A new take on The Little Red Hen – Cajun style Poor Monsieur Gator is getting old and is moving so slow he can’t catch himself a taste of possum or otter, or even a whiff of skunk. Day after day those animals tease and taunt him until, finally, he decides to cook up some gumbo just like Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the gumbo is ready, they’re more than eager to enjoy the result of Gator’s hard work and as they run to get a taste - “Slurp! Slip! Plop! Them animals go into the pot.” “Mmm-mmm,” says Monsieur Gator. “Now, this is gumbo just like Maman used to make.” Illustrated with wit and whimsy, this mischievous tale will have young readers laughing out loud.
Candace Fleming is the prolific author of <i>The Family Romanov</i>, a Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the <i>Boston Globe-Horn</i> Book Award and the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Award for Young Adult Literature; <i>Amelia Lost, </i> which received four starred reviews; <i>and The Great and Only Barnum</i>, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a <i>Publishers Weekly </i>and <i>Booklist</i> Best Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including <i>Oh, No!, </i> illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle grade, including <i>The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School</i>. Visit her on the web at candacefleming.com or on Twitter: @candacemfleming.