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This series of trickster tales, stemming from African folklore, bears remarkable resemblance to the Deep South’s Brer Rabbit. That’s because Compere Lapin is his kissing cousin. In one form or another Lapin and Compere Bouki have been harassing each other for more than two centuries. Doucet’s retelling of these popular stories is flavored with all the spice of a Cajun gumbo.
Compere Lapin came into the world with nothing but a cypress splinter, and he never misses an opportunity to talk himself out of work. The only thing he does better is playing tricks on the large, dim-witted Bouki. Whether he becomes a parrain three times in one day, trading crops for roots and leaves or begging to be thrown into a fire, Lapin always has something up his sleeve, and Bouki is just gullible enough to believe it.
About Sharon Arms Doucet
Sharon Arms Doucet is a lifelong lover of folklore who has taken liberties in the recounting and recombining of the traditional tales. She lived in Lafayette, Louisiana, for four decades and taught French for many years before launching her career as a writer. She lives in Allenspark, Colorado.
About Scott Cook
Scott Cook is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator whose work has been chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and a Parenting Magazine Best Book. He has been praised by the New York Times and Southern literary icon Eudora Welty. His original oil paintings are included in major art collections throughout the country. A Mississippi native, Cook lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
LAPIN PLAYS POSSUM
Trickster Tales from the Louisiana Bayou
Adapted by Sharon Arms Doucet
Pictures by Scott Cook
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Single Title
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
64 pp. 9 x 10
63 color illus. Glossary