The Cajun Cornbread Boy

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"An old tale sprouts legs and takes off, enlivened by a dash of Cajun flavor. Catch it if you can!"
—Aaron Shepard, author of The Legend of Lightning Larry

"An appealing Cajun version of the traditional story of the Gingerbread Boy."
—Gale K. Criswell, retired Children's Services Consultant of the State Library of Louisiana

Down on the bayou in the heart of Cajun country lives a little old woman who is very lonely. One day, she decides to make a cornbread boy. Taking down her grand-mère's magical black iron ...

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Overview

"An old tale sprouts legs and takes off, enlivened by a dash of Cajun flavor. Catch it if you can!"
—Aaron Shepard, author of The Legend of Lightning Larry

"An appealing Cajun version of the traditional story of the Gingerbread Boy."
—Gale K. Criswell, retired Children's Services Consultant of the State Library of Louisiana

Down on the bayou in the heart of Cajun country lives a little old woman who is very lonely. One day, she decides to make a cornbread boy. Taking down her grand-mère's magical black iron skillet, she adds all the right ingredients, careful not to forget a big dash of cayenne pepper.

When the cornbread boy pops out of the oven, he blinks his chili-pepper eyes, sprouts arms and legs, and sprints out the door before the old woman can catch him. Through the swamp and past the creatures curiously sniffing after him, the cornbread boy runs until he meets an artful alligator who is in for one spicy surprise.

In this flavorful retelling of the classic Gingerbread Boy tale, international storyteller extraordinaire Dianne de Las Casas presents a delightful romp through Cajun country that will have readers of all ages hungry for more.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

An old story with a Cajun flair-this version has the runaway protagonist made out of cornbread with a big dash of cayenne pepper. His sassy refrain is: "Run, cher , run, as fast as you can!/You can't catch me-I'm full of cayenne." After eluding an old Cajun woman, a rascally raccoon, and a fierce fox, he meets an artful alligator on the bayou's edge and accepts the fateful ride-with a twist. The Cornbread Boy is too spicy for the alligator, who spits him out. And to this day, you can still hear him sometimes in the bayou singing, "Run, cher , run...." A recipe for cornbread is appended as well as the obligatory glossary of Cajun terms. Bright watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork reveals the action competently. If more versions of "The Gingerbread Boy" are wanted, this one is a good alternative.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Kirkus Reviews
De las Casas dresses up a classic story with some fun regional flair. In her Cajun variant of "The Gingerbread Boy," an old woman cooks up some spicy cornbread in a magic skillet and gives it chilies for eyes, a peppercorn nose and a link of Cajun sausage for a mouth. When the cornbread is finished cooking, Cajun Cornbread Boy hops out of the pan and runs away, singing a catchy refrain: "Run, chere, run, as fast as you can! / You can't catch me-I'm full of cayenne." He meets and outruns a raccoon and a fox before encountering a crafty gator who pretends to give Cajun Cornbread Boy a ride across the bayou only to try to eat him up. But it is the gator who gets the surprise in this tale-a mouthful of cornbread much too spicy to swallow. Cajun Cornbread Boy lives to sing another day. While Gentry's muted, earth-toned illustrations are serviceable, they add little to the tale; the butter pats perpetually melting on Cajun Cornbread Boy's cheeks are a particularly odd touch. A story best memorized and shared over some warm cornbread-recipe included. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802247
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Cajun Tall Tales Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 343,683
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and an accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. Gentry's other titles with Pelican include Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    A Wonderful Adaptation of the classical Gingerbread Boy storybook

    The authtor, Diane de las Casas definitely has a definitely has a love for her hometown of New Orleans. This story is a classical example of taking family joys, ideas and creations and interpretating them into a world of fantasy but giving homage to the classic books of the past. It has zest and life and it pulls the main character (Cajun Cornbread Boy) right out of the pages of the book. The journeys he encounters with such an innocent and positive outlook at challenges in life can teach us all a lesson.
    I loved the surprise ending to this story. I thought it would end with the usual, "Lassie Come Home" ending but it keeps you searching and wanting more of this story to continue.

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