Books by Scott Cook

JEAN LAFFITE AND THE BIG OL’ WHALE by Frank G. Fox
ANIMALS
Released: April 3, 2003

"The story is told in good fun and well enough for the unwashed, but muddies the history and myth of a river that has forgotten more interesting lore than this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There are plenty of old, larger-than-life characters who are more closely associated with the Mississippi River than Jean Lafitte and are being forgotten as the years slip into the mists of time. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2002

"This seamless blending of ambiance and language play makes it a must-have for storytellers and storylovers alike, and leaves us wondering what kind of conversations she is having with Lapin as he lollygags on her writing desk. (glossary) (Folklore. 6-12)"
Small of stature but brimming with brains, the trickster rabbit Lapin gets in and out of trouble faster than a Louisiana governor. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Many readers, once they have enjoyed these modified versions, will seek out the originals, but there is no denying the diversions of this volume, with its combination of sheer mirthfulness and the scented trails of honeysuckle and magnolia. (Folklore. 6-11)"
A book that crackles with vernacular humor, its material drawn from the bayous of Louisiana; the Deep South of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia; and the mountains of Tennessee and the Carolinas. Read full book review >
A NET TO CATCH TIME by Sara Harrell Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The names for the times of day are inherently fascinating, as are the many details of Gullah life and lore, but they lose much of their power and intrigue when shoehorned into this story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A day in the life of young Cuffy, the son of a fisherman on a barrier island off Georgia, set to a Gullah ``calendar,'' which, Banks notes in an afterword, she found ``oddly beautiful.'' Before Cuffy's story starts, there is a glossary, followed by Cook's sweet watercolor rendition of the diurnal calendar, to be read clockwise, showing the lyrical Gullah names for the times of day: ``Sooner Mornin','' or just before dawn, ``First Fowl Crow,'' ``Day Clean,'' when dawn breaks, and on through ``Plat-Eye Prowl,'' when nocturnal animals awaken, and ``Hag-Hollerin' Time,'' after midnight. Read full book review >