When Mr. Okra drives by in his iconic painted truck piled high with garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, people hear him calling his wares. Mr. Okra's asparagus is rounded like the steeples of St. Louis Cathedral, and his eggplants are as dark as the coffee at Cafe du Monde. Bright illustrations of tasty, healthy food pop from the pages of this mouthwatering romp around familiar New Orleans locations as Mr. Okra brings food and song to the city
Writer and spoken-word poet Lashon Daley worked in New Orleans with a nonprofit rebuilding organization as an AmeriCorps member. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Country Roads magazine; and Underwater New York. Emile Henriquez was born in New Orleans in 1937. Widely known as a commercial artist, graphic designer, and calligrapher, he has illustrated three other books for Pelican: D.J. and the Zulu Parade, D.J. and the Jazz Fest, and D.J. and the Debutante Ball. He lives in Slidell, Louisiana.