Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch

Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch

by Alison Lane, Egil Thompson
     
 

Down on the Cajun bayou, a swamp witch makes a whole family into "poor little things" by shrinking them and their belongings. They can also now talk to animals. With strong Cajun good humor, spirit, and pride, the family perseveres in this colorful children's picture book.

Overview

Down on the Cajun bayou, a swamp witch makes a whole family into "poor little things" by shrinking them and their belongings. They can also now talk to animals. With strong Cajun good humor, spirit, and pride, the family perseveres in this colorful children's picture book.

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Kirkus Reviews
The plot of this tale set in the heart of Cajun Country is appealingly simple: Marie and her Uncle are shrunken by a Swamp Witch while out on a bayou excursion. A friendly turtle helps them home, where they discover that Aunt Cherie has been shrunken also. Only briefly nonplussed, the resilient family prepares for a new life of adventure as "petit people." Unfortunately, the story seems to function primarily as an excuse to present basic information and platitudes about Cajun culture. The author inserts some Cajun French and references to "fais-dodos" and places her Cajun family in a bayou-side cabin. What she fails to do is to make the characters or the setting believable or engaging. To make matters worse, the prose is clunky; the story begins in medias res, then takes a strange step backwards to provide unnecessary context; there is a confusing shift from first to third person mid-story. Thompson's detailed, realistic illustrations, though engaging, are not nearly enough to save this one. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806443
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Series:
Uncle Arnel Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

In true Acadian spirit, Alison Hoffman Lane was inspired by her children to create a series of stories about Uncle Arnel and his family. Lane's love of nature was accentuated by her husband, Mike Lane, the founder of RodnReel.com, one of the most popular fishing Web sites in the United States. Lane is a registered nurse in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Egil Thompson received an associate's degree in art from Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated summa cum laude from Sonoma State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He also attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and had a recent retrospective of nine paintings at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California. Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch is his first children's book.

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