Rockin’ the Bayou Down in Louisiana!
We’re a Possum Family Band
Bïa, Erik West-Millette, and Olaf Gundel
Illustrated by Fanny Berthiaume
The Secret Mountain
The tale that follows, of budding love and rising musical fame, is told over the din of the joeys’ interrupting chatter and – ultimately – the plot drifts off into the Louisiana night. Yet Papa Poss’ courting style grabs my attention. One could say he has all the grace of Danny Zuko fawning over Sandy Dee. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it is my firm opinion that even coming from the mouth of a marsupial, the phrase, “Good day miss, you sure are easy on the eyes,” has no place in a children’s book. Some things are best kept in the good ol’ days.
If you like a book with features, you can follow the QR code on the back cover to listen and sing along to accompanying songs performed by Olaf Gundel with Alexa Devine and Annick Brémault. A glossary of instruments (including the dobro), information on famous Cajun musicians, and brief histories of the Acadian diaspora are included to boot.mRb