Clovis Crawfish and all his friends return in a new bayou tale. Michelle Mantis, an ugly old insect with an ermous appetite, visits the swamp home of Clovis and his friends. Her voracious appetite alarms Cloviss friends, as Michelle eats and eats until she can scarcely move. But when Michelle tumbles into the mud, Clovis must rally the other swamp creatures to help. The book includes a song with lyrics in English and French, and a pronunciation guide for Cajun expressions. The colorful illustrations by Scott Blazek bring all the bayou denizens to life. With a combined total of 56,000 copies in print, the nine books chronicling the adventures of Clovis Crawfish are perennial favorites in Louisiana and elsewhere.
Mary Alice Fontenot is best known as the childrens author of books on Cajun culture. She created the famous wetland characters of Clovis Crawfish and his friends more than thirty years ago. In addition to the Clovis Crawfish Series, Fontenot wrote several other childrens books, including Mardi Gras in the Country and The Star Seed, both published by Pelican. Fontenot worked as a kindergarten teacher and, for thirty-five years, as a newspaperwoman. Her dedication to children and to her art earned her the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. She died in 2003 at the age of ninety-three. Scott R. Blazek resides in Clovis, New Mexico, where he is a Lutheran minister and an award-winning freelance artist. He was awarded a $2,500 prize from the U.S. Mint for designing a five-dollar gold coin featuring James Madison for their Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins set.