A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife



by Whitney Stewart  (Author), Gerald Guerlais (Illustrator)

Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn’t have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does–for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is “Ah, tooloulou–if that ain’t the easiest thing to do.” But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?

 Age Range: 4 – 7 years

  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English

Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of young adult biographies, middle grade novels, and picture books. She has traveled widely in Asia and interviewed such figures as the 14th Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Sir Edmund Hillary. 

Whitney experienced Hurricane Katrina while trapped in a building in downtown New Orleans. She was helicoptered out of the city with her son and elderly mother-in-law. During her semester away from home, Whitney lived on Nantucket, researched the island’s history and ghost lore, and wrote three children’s books set on Nantucket.