Book Review: A Catfish Tale by Whitney Stewart


18378821Title: A Catfish Tale
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Hardcover/Kindle



About the Book

Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn’t have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does–for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is “Ah, tooloulou–if that ain’t the easiest thing to do.” But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. I had agreed to read and review Meditation is an Open Sky and Whitney Stewart sent this book also.

A Catfish Tale is a children’s book that teaches children about greed. Jack finds a magic catfish that can grant wishes. Although Jack is happy and doesn’t want anything, his wife, Jolie, keeps sending him back to ask for more and more. As things progress, it’s easy for children to see who is happier, Jack or Jolie.

At the end of the book, is a page that has a Bayou Glossary with key words from the bayou area as well as a recipe for Seafood Gumbo. What a great idea!

I think this is a book that any child would enjoy. It has a fun story with vibrant pictures. 



About the Author

Whitney StewartWhitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She published her first award-winning, young adult biography after interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books. She trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest region of Nepal; interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma; and traveled extensively in Asia to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong, and Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She is the author of three middle-grade novels and multiple middle-grade nonfiction books, including an unknown tale of Abraham Lincoln and artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Her newest picture books include A Catfish Tale, a bayou retelling of the Grimm brothers’ Fisherman and his Wife, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids.


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