In the heart of New Orleans lived an old baker named Marcel who made the most delicious beignets in the entire city. While his heart is filled with kindness, his home is cold and lonely. To repay some gratitude, a mysterious stranger grants Marcel a wish with his magic bag of sugar in this Louisiana-flavored retelling of a classic tale. Out of the sugared pastry pops the beignet boy with a penchant for trouble. The little beignet boy runs away and zips from Canal Street through Jackson Square and the French Market, but is in danger of being eaten by the hungry people of New Orleans. He leads a wild chase through the French Quarter, visiting famous sights along the way. His hilarious antics, a smattering of French phrases, and New Orleans cultural icons scattered like powdered sugar on the deliciously re-spun story will delight readers of all ages. This delightful book, with wacky illustrations and a sassy refrain, will run straight into readers' hearts.
Illustrator Herb Leonhard brings this little beignet to life with a mischievous grin and a sprinkle of sugar. His images of New Orleans dance across the pages, bringing a true taste of the city to the story. Author Connie Collins Morgan draws upon her memories of life in Louisiana—and her favorite treats—to make this retelling stand apart from the rest with an infectious jazz beat and the sweet aroma of magic sugar in its wake.
Connie Collins Morgan grew up minutes away from the bayous in a French-speaking family in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her deep passion for the power of the written word led her to a degree in elementary education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and then to an MFA in children’s literature from Hollins University where she completed her thesis, The Cajun I Am. The Runaway Beignet, earned recognition at Hollins University when selected as a finalist for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Award. In April 2015, The Runaway Beignet topped Pelican Publishing Publishing's top 10 best-seller list. Today, she and her husband live in the mountains of West Virginia near their four children. However, her Cajun heritage remains always close at heart.