Synopses & Reviews
Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn't have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does--for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is "Ah, tooloulou--if that ain't the easiest thing to do." But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?
"To this tale, Stewart adds color, creole, critters, and Mardi Gras mayhem . . . Guerlais' rich Disneyesque illustrations add plenty of pop, making this a good choice for a library set of culturally diverse folktales." Booklist Online, March 26, 2014
"Colorful illustrations capture the humor and the flora and fauna of the bayou country wonderfully--including an amused alligator who witnesses everything. . . The book would be a winning read-aloud for storytimes with its repetitive phrases begging for audience participation." School Library Journal, March 2014
"The Louisiana setting is cleverly woven right into the details of the story. . .and the rich illustrations in blue and green tones bring the bayou, the river and the city to life. This fresh Cajun twist on an archetypal tale will win fans down the bayou and well beyond." Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2014
When a Cajun fisherman finds a magic fish in the bayou, his wife demands that the fish grant her many wishes and make her queen of Mardi Gras.