Boo Stew

Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington has cooked up a delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale with a diverse cast of characters and an imaginative twist on the classic “Goldilocks.”  
Price: $17.99
  • ISBN: 9781682632215
  • Publication date: 09/01/2021
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10" x 10"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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Description

Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington has cooked up a delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale with a diverse cast of characters and an imaginative twist on the classic “Goldilocks.”

Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she’s an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions—like the batwing brownies and toad eye toffees. So when one of her dishes goes missin’ from her windowsill, word spreads like a kerosene fire about how the Scares have been terrorizin’ the town at mealtime. They shriek “Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon! Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone!” and send folk runnin’ from their dinner plates.

With everyone else tremblin’ and squawkin’ about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin’. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good?

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Her clever, can-do protagonist and joyful language paired with Jeffrey Ebbeler’s charming, imaginative illustrations will tempt readers into a ghostly, yet enchanting landscape that they won’t want to leave!

Author/Illustrator

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Donna L. Washington

Author

Donna L. Washington is a professional storyteller, multiple-award-winning recording artist, and author. She performs all over the country at festivals, schools, and libraries and gives workshops for parents and educators as well. Her many storytelling recordings have received Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards, Storytelling World Awards, iParenting Awards, Children’s Music Web Awards, National Parenting Publications Awards Honors, and other awards. She lives in North Carolina.

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Jeffrey Ebbeler

Illustrator

Jeffrey Ebbeler, a graduate of Art Academy of Cincinnati, has been creating art for children for almost a decade. His books include Feast of Peas and Tiger in My Soup. He lives in Ohio.

Videos

Reviews

“A storytime—if not a culinary—treat.”—The Horn Book

“Curly Locks is a plucky Black girl among a multiracial cast of characters whose country accents enhance the story’s setting. The inky, blotchy Scares are pretty scary, and Curly Locks’ food is stomach-turning, hilarious for lovers of gross humor. This fairy-tale–style story is a standout pleaser. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

“A fun story about pursuing one’s passions even when other people might not understand. . . The characters’ exaggerated body proportions add the right amount of humor, while the inky and spooky Scares are the stuff of nightmares. . . [A] fun Halloween read sure to entertain in any season.”—School Library Journal

Resources

Resources: Activity Kit, Other, Teacher's Guide, Videos & Trailers

Activity Kit
Cook Book
Teacher’s Guide

More Details

F&P: N, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: AD590L
Themes: Cooking, Community, Sharing, Manners, Fractured Fairy Tale
BISAC 1: JUV052000 JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters
BISAC 2: JUV039200 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Manners & Etiquette
BISAC 3: JUV050000 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food

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Books By Donna L. Washington