Mardi Gras Almost Didn't Come This Year


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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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12.3 X 8.7 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Kathy Z. Price made her debut in the children's book field with the publication of The Bourbon Street Musicians. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Kathy was awarded an Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship with the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, and received a scholarship award for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Visit her at

Carl Joe Williams was born in uptown New Orleans. At fourteen, he was accepted into The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) where he received his formal training. Williams's work has been displayed in several venues throughout the United States, including "Journeys," an installation at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Williams's "Sculptural Trees" installation on the median of Veterans Boulevard. Visit him at


* "Price sensitively explores the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans through a view of one Black Louisiana family. . . . Mixed-media illustrations by artist Williams, making his debut, give overlapping meanings to the characters' conflicting emotions--sorrow and celebration, frustration and hope--in layered, saturated backdrops that commemorate the reality and festivity of life in the Big Easy."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
* "This startlingly resonant story of resilience, using an arresting combination of story, images, and rhythm and rhyme, centers on one family right before the 2006 Mardi Gras in New Orleans. . . . The illustrations, done in mixed media, painting, and collage, are as powerful as the story, moving from an ominous-looking fried egg of a sun through total washout during the storm to a trumpet-shaped cloud as the family regains hope. . . . Inspiring."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Price's lyrical text paints a rich picture of New Orleans and becomes downright musical as the story progresses. Williams' stunning mixed-media illustrations incorporate colorful geometric abstraction, including concentric circles representing the sun, bursts of musical sound, and halos around the characters' heads. . . . A moving story infused with the spirit of New Orleans that sounds a note of creative hope for the city's future."--Kirkus Reviews