Boo Stew By Donna L. Washington Illustrated By Jeffery Ebbeler

Back of Book:

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?

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Peach Tree Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

Boo Stew by Donna L. Washington is a spooky fractured fairytale that is perfect for the Halloween season. 

Curly Locks is a young girl with a passion for cooking. The only problem is, no one in town will eat her creations. One night, Curly Locks leaves her pan of lizard skin lasagna to cool, it quickly disappears leading Curly Locks to believe that someone or something likes her cooking. So when the Scares wander into town and start terrorizing the townsfolk, it’s up to Curly Locks to lure them back to the swamp using a clever creation of Boo Stew. With quick and creative thinking Cury Locks talks the scares into cleaning up their mess and heading out of town. In the end, Cury Locks is thrilled to be cooking her unique dishes for creatures who enjoy them. Donna L. Washington did a wonderful job of blending Louisiana culture with spooky elements. I love the important theme of remaining strong during any situation. The illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler are a great blend of bright and muted colors. He did a fantastic job of bringing each scary to life in a unique way.  Boo Stew is a great book for Halloween or any time of year. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages 

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