Books by Johnette Downing

MADEMOISELLE GRANDS DOIGTS by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"For those unfamiliar with the Cajun story, this update may be a welcome respite from the flood of Santa Claus and snow-fairy books crowding the holiday shelves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A humanizing origin story for the Louisiana New Year's Eve folk figure Madame Grands Doigts. Read full book review >
MUMBO JUMBO, STAY OUT OF THE GUMBO by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"'I root for the chicken!' writes Downing. Readers with good eyesight, even carnivorous ones, will too. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
It's Fat Tuesday, and the bubbling gumbo needs some meat! Or does it? Read full book review >
WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"Nothing to smile about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Possum convinces hungry Deer to bang his head into a tree full of ripe persimmons, a sight that amuses the trickster so much that his grin sticks forever. Read full book review >
TODAY IS MONDAY IN NEW YORK by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Information on the history of the foods mentioned and other New York foods associated with the city (also all European) are listed at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The edibles of New York City receive a spiritless presentation in this adaptation of a traditional song. Read full book review >
WHY THE CRAWFISH LIVES IN THE MUD by Johnette Downing
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Skip the pictures. (Crawfish Fun Facts) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original pourquoi tale, hungry Crawfish spies the fish that Crab has just caught for his dinner. Read full book review >
MY AUNT CAME BACK FROM LOUISIANE by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The 'Word Map'—a description of the places referenced in the text and instructions on how to pronounce them—and the sheet music are useful additions. (Picture book/folk song. 3-6)"
Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song "My Aunt Came Back," giving it her signature Louisiana twist. Read full book review >
TODAY IS MONDAY IN LOUISIANA by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

In this adaptation of a popular song, internationally-acclaimed children's musician Downing introduces a signature Louisiana food for each day of the week, from red beans on Monday to beignets on Sunday. Read full book review >