Mardi Gras Almost Didn't Come This Year
ADVANCED READING LISTS
Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida
Chicago Public School Recommended Reading for Third Grade
California Early Literacy Recommended Reading for Third Grade
• 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Poetry
• 2003 Notable Book Award
• National Council of Teachers of English, Children’s Literature Assembly
• ALA Booklist Starred Review
• New York Times Book Review,
: Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2003, Bank Street College
A creaky old mule with a bray loud enough to scare shadows sets out for New Orleans and the life of a musician. Along the way he meets an elderly hound dog,a ragged rooster, and scrawny ginger cat all musically inclined,and together the four friends sojourn past back roads and woods certain that Bourbon Street is their destiny.
A bluesy dialect,vivd imagery and distinctively comic illustations infuse this rollicking retelling of the Bremen Town Musicians with the flavor of rural Louisiana,and the rhythm of New Orleans jazz.