When her grand-mère comes down wit’ de flu, this Cajun Little Red knows what she has to do. With her witty cat, TeJean, she sets off in a pirogue to bring Grand-mère some gumbo. Who should she meet upon the way, but that big ol’ swamp gator, Claude! Mean ol’ Claude may want to gobble up Petite Rouge, but she and TeJean have a better idea. Before long, they have Claude running back to the bayou where he belongs!
This is a very clever spin on Red Riding Hood, but the written dialect is a bit of a mouthful and quite taxing to read aloud, and makes this one I woudn’t love to revisit frequently. The illustrations are incredible, however, and the grandmother hiding in the closet (rather than getting eaten) is a nice aspect of the story for sensitive readers.
Mike Artell is an award-winning children’s book author, illustrator and television cartoonist. Mike’s books include nationally recognized lift-the-flap board books for small children and non-fiction books for older children. Mike has also written and illustrated teacher and parent resource books on subjects as diverse as ecology, parties, drawing and young authorship. In addition to his work as an author and illustrator, Mike also has extensive experience as: - A musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboard and blues harmonica.<br>- A storyteller who regularly performs original poems and tales.<br>- A newspaper editorial cartoonist.<br>- A magazine and greeting card writer and cartoonist.<br>- A keynote speaker for major educational conferences.<br>- A marketing consultant/board member for several high technology companies.<br>- The host of his own television cartooning show.