Author: Mike Artell
Illustrator: Jim Harris
Published: 2003 Puffin USA
A hilarious Cajun version of the traditional Red Riding Hood story. The illustrations are full of movement and emotion. The rhyming text is phonetically written in Cajun slang and is a riot to read aloud. This is our all time favourite.
SUMMARY: A spunky little girl-duck named “Petite Rouge” and her quick thinking cat, “TeJean”, take a pirogue across the swamp to bring gumbo and boudin to Petite’s sick “grand-mere”. They meet up with a gator named “Claude” and eventually outwit him with a quick, creative and final solution to his taste for people (people being ducks and cats).