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“Salley spices up her retelling, giving us a dramatic sense of place and Louisiana flair. Dixon’s two-page illustrations are bold and vibrant.”
—School Library Journal
“A piquant retelling [of The Three Billy Goats Gruff] . . . Salley’s empowering version [with] Dixon’s eclectic illustrative style”
“Proves that her expert storytelling skills are still in full bloom in this auspicious read-aloud.”
Up the Mississippi River from New Orleans, north of Baton Rouge live three billy goats named Gruff. They want to cross Thompson’s Creek to reach the lush pastures on the other side, but there’s a very scary troll under the bridge who wants to gobble up those billy goats. Told in Coleen Salley’s spirited style, with vibrant illustrations by Amy Jackson Dixon, this new version of the Norwegian folktale adds Louisiana spice to an old classic.
About the Author
Coleen Salley was New Orleans’ premier storyteller. Professor emerita of children’s literature at the University of New Orleans for more than thirty years, she has appeared in hundreds of schools and libraries. She even starred in a VISA commercial with Pelican’s own Gaston® the Green-nosed Alligator. Ms. Salley was also the inspiration for the ABBY Honor-winning To Market, To Market, written by Anne Miranda, with illustrations by Janet Stevens. This is her first book, though she did narrate the Cajun Night After Christmas/Cajun Night Before Christmas Audiocassette, available from Pelican. Coleen Salley passed away in 2008.
About the Illustrator
Amy Jackson Dixon, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, is a visual artist who lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is the coauthor of Cajun Night After Christmas, which she was inspired to write after a phone call recapping the events of a chaotic Christmas with family and friends.
WHO’S THAT TRIPPING OVER MY BRIDGE?
By Coleen Salley
Illustrated by Amy Jackson Dixon
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folktales / Adaptations
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.