A Catfish Tale

A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

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?

  • 9780807510995
  • May 2015

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  • Colorful illustrations capture the humor and the flora and fauna of the bayou country wonderfully—including an amused alligator who witnesses everything…The book would be a winning read-aloud for storytimes with its repetitive phrases begging for audience participation.

    - School Library Journal

  • The Louisiana setting is cleverly woven right into the details of the story…and the rich illustrations in blue and green tones bring the bayou, the river and the city to life. This fresh Cajun twist on an archetypal tale will win fans down the bayou and well beyond.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • To this tale, Stewart adds color, creole, critters, and Mardi Gras mayhem…Guerlais’ rich Disneyesque illustrations add plenty of pop, making this a good choice for a library set of culturally diverse folktales.

    - Booklist online

  • The tale is steeped in the language, environment, and beliefs of the Bayou, bringing the reader to the place.

    - Library Media Connection


Gerald Guerlais

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 3.9