“In Lindsley’s vigorously brushed rural scenes, the comically gesticulating red rooster often occupies the foreground as, behind, a multiracial procession of revelers in colorful festival costume goes from farm to farm begging for a handout.”
With her trademark lyricism, Louisiana musician and author Johnette Downing draws readers through an Acadian landscape. This brand-new tale introduces a cagey rooster who vows not to be in the communal gumbo pot this Courir de Mardi Gras. Downing provides a glossary of traditional French-Cajun words used in the story and a delicious recipe for gumbo z’herbes created by her Grammy Award-winning husband, Scott Billington.
About the Author
Award-winning musician and author Johnette Downing has performed on five continents. Her book Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh represented the State of Louisiana in the Pavilion of States at the 2016 National Book Festival.
About the Illustrator
A relative of Dennis (Denus) McGee, the Cajun musician whose grave is a traditional stop on the Courir de Mardi Gras, Jennifer Lindsley works with all ages, introducing them to the pleasures of creativity.
MUMBO JUMBO, STAY OUT OF THE GUMBO
By Johnette Downing
Illustrated by Jennifer Lindsley
Ages 0-8 Grades Pre-K-3
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
32 pp. 8.5 x 11
31 color illus. Glossary Recipe