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Reading My Library

Friday, October 23, 2009

But it's so hot down there!

You know the author is from the south when she titles one of her little book series "Bubba and Beau." The first book I picked up from my stack of "A-p" books was "Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives," by Kathi Appelt. The whole big haired, lots of lipstick lot of them! Mama is cookin' up Bodacious Banana Buttermilk Pie and the only place that's safe to be when the relatives are a comin' and momma is busy is in the mud puddle. Because when your name is Bubba and you are a baby, where else would you be? And don't forget the dog!

After the relatives are all done exclaiming over Bubba and his froufrou city cousin, the next best thing to do is to introduce Miss Froufrou herself the mud puddle. It's the only way to have fun!

Having grown up in Texas, the big hair in the Bubba series certainly didn't shock me. Nor did the scene where the pickup truck is showed off. And when Bubba heads for bed in Bubba and Beau Go Night-Night, I wasn't at all surprised that part of getting ready for bed involved going to the Feed and Seed and seeing a lot of men in cowboy hats with toothpicks sticking out of their mouths. (Not that everyone in Texas is like that, mind you. Not hardly at all! But it's a good mental imagine of the place and even though I'm from Texas, I do like to poke fun at it.

It's hot and it's brown. Exactly why do people like to live there?!

*Excuse me a minute while I dodge the flying missles which will be flung at me momentarily by the relatives which are still down there.*

Whew! K! I'm back!

I also wasn't surprised by all of the "bless-a-my-souls" to be found within the pages of this book:

This book is about a family (all extended relatives - the whole kit and caboodle of them!) coming to welcome the newborn into the home. Bless-a-my-soul!

And I rather liked the southern feel and flavor Appelt adds in to Bayou Lullaby.

"Rockabye, you bayou gal,
Cattails be a-swishin'
Softly sigh, oh bayou gal,
On a star be wishin'

Don't you worry, ma petite,
Your pirogue's safely moored
Atop the water chocolat
Amid the reeds ashore."

This book reminds me of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Ok, not that it was supposed to do that, but that's what it did! You can just hear the crickets and see the twinkling lights of the fireflies in your mind's eye. Because I haven't actually been to the bayou, I'm afraid that Disneyland is going to have to suffice for now. But this is a pretty cool book and I liked it very much.

If you want books with a southern flavor to them - well, check for something by Kathi Appelt. You won't miss your mark, especially since she grew up in Texas (coloring on the garage walls - with her mother's permission!). You can find out more about her by reading her bio on her website.


  1. Well bless my soul! these books sound like they are RIGHT up my alley! I will have to try Kathi Appelt!
    Thanks Carrie!

  2. Have you read The Underneath by Kathi Appelt? It's not a picture book, and not for the faint of heart. (SOme people couldn't take the abusive treatment of animals in the book.) But it is set in East Texas, and I thought it was wonderfully evocative.

    My review: http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=2695

  3. I was going to say just what Sherry said--you need to give The Underneath a try (maybe). Here's my review, 'though I'm pretty sure you read it way back when---> http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/book-review-the-underneath-by-kathi-appelt/

    I'll have to be on the look out for Appelt's picture books, especially since I'm from the South 'n' all. ;-)