Clovis and his friends find that things are not always what they first appear—especially when it comes to moving cypress knees! On closer inspection, Clovis, Lizette Lizard, René Rainfrog, and Bertile Butterfly find a turtle, a different kind of turtle from Theodore Turtle, but a turtle nonetheless. Since his real name, Abraham Buckingham Calhoun, is a little cumbersome, they dub him Bidon Box Turtle. All the friends step up to make his acquaintance.
Bidon Box Turtle has only one problem. He is a Mississippi land turtle who wants to cross the bayou and not get his hat wet. As is usually the case, Clovis and friends come to the rescue, providing Bidon with a cypress boat to get to the other side and wishing him “Reviens!” (“Come back soon!”)
About the Author
Mary Alice Fontenot is best known as the children’s author of books on Cajun culture. She created the famous wetland characters of Clovis Crawfish and his friends more than thirty years ago. In addition to the Clovis Crawfish Series, Fontenot wrote several other children’s books, including Mardi Gras in the Country and The Star Seed, both published by Pelican. Fontenot worked as a kindergarten teacher and, for thirty-five years, as a newspaperwoman. Her dedication to children and to her art earned her the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. She died in 2003 at the age of ninety-three.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Scott R. Blazek resides in Clovis, New Mexico, where he is a Lutheran minister and an award-winning freelance artist. He has illustrated more than half of the books in the Clovis Crawfish Series including Clovis Crawfish and Batiste Bête Puante, Clovis Crawfish and Simeon Suce-Fleur, Clovis Crawfish and Michelle Mantis, and Clovis Crawfish and the Big Bétail. Blazek has also designed more than 500 different medals and doubloons for Mardi Gras krewes. He was awarded a $2,500 prize from the U.S. Mint for designing a five-dollar gold coin featuring James Madison for their Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins set.
CLOVIS ECREVISSE et BIDON TORTUE TERESTRE
By Mary Alice Fontenot
Translated by Julie Fontenot Landry
Illustrated by Scott R. Blazek
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
Color and b/w illustrations
Songs and music with French and English lyrics