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Cajun Night After Christmas
     

Cajun Night After Christmas

by Amy Dixon, Jenny Moss, James Rice (Illustrator)
 

Drifting down the bayou the night after Christmas, Boudreau discovers a fat alligator named Pierre, whom he takes home as a pet. The Boudreau children give Pierre their full attention, much to Pierre�s dismay, but in the end, it�s a very happy Cajun night after Christmas all through the year!

Overview

Drifting down the bayou the night after Christmas, Boudreau discovers a fat alligator named Pierre, whom he takes home as a pet. The Boudreau children give Pierre their full attention, much to Pierre�s dismay, but in the end, it�s a very happy Cajun night after Christmas all through the year!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this narrative poem told in Cajun dialect, Pierre the alligator is left behind in the bayou after helping Santa pull his skiff on Christmas Eve. It is a story that is a bit sophisticated and may have more appeal to adults than to kids. Boudreau discovers Pierre and takes him home as a family pet, but Pierre later takes control of his own destiny when he meets and weds an alligator named Louise. Fans of James Rice's illustrations, done in pen and ink with watercolor, will probably want to add this one to their collections. Papa Noel has a white beard but otherwise may be unrecognizable to most children in his brown suit and with his trimmer physique. 2000, Pelican,
"Twas the night after Christmas an' poor ole Boudreau, His wife she dun spent mor' money den he know."

Boudreau couldn't take it anymore. His children were loudly playing with their Christmas toys, his head was hurting, and he wanted to get away. Boudreau stepped onto his skiff and floated down the bayou enjoying some peace and quiet. As he did so, an alligator passed him floating in his own skiff sipping a drink. Obviously, this was no ordinary alligator. This was Pierre, who helped pull St. Nicholas's "sleigh." But ".dat gator he dun got kinda fat, An' de skiff couldn't fly wit' a body like dat." Boudreau decided to rescue Pierre and brought him home before he ended up in a zoo. Boudreau explained to his family that St. Nicholas "dun' left his good gator, Pierre, behind!" The children were thrilled.

Good-natured Pierre allowed the children to poke and tease him and even dress him up to look like a bunny! After a while though, Pierre felt he had had enough and decided to run away. Before he could do so, along walked "de gator Louise-she checkin' Pierre an' she like what she sees." While on a date, Pierre confessed his love for Louise. They married and soon there were many little alligators running around their house. Each Christmas, after all the toys have been delivered, St. Nick takes time to visit with Pierre and remember the good ole days.

Moss and Dixon are not only sisters but both are visual artists. They wrote this story after reminiscing about a particularly hectic Christmas they had shared together. Rice is a prolific illustrator and writer, with more than fifty books to his name and a million and a half copies in print. The detail in each drawing ranges from the facial expressions of both humans and alligators to the mixed media, featuring line drawing.

This Cajun tale, written in verse, tells the hilarious story of one of St. Nick's alligators who was left behind after the toys were delivered one Christmas Eve. (November)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565547797
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/31/2000
Series:
Night Before Christmas Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
300,331
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sisters and visual artists Jenny Jackson Moss and Amy Jackson Dixon grew up in Louisiana and attended Tulane University's Newcomb College in New Orleans. Moss lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children, and Dixon lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Sisters and visual artists Jenny Jackson Moss and Amy Jackson Dixon grew up in Louisiana and attended Tulane University's Newcomb College in New Orleans. Moss lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children, and Dixon lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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