Johnette Downing



Johnette Downing is a multi-award-winning author and musician performing music and presenting books with Louisiana spice for children globally. She has received 20 awards and has brought her Louisiana musical and literary gumbo to children in Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and throughout the U.S. Her books include Today is Monday in Louisiana, Down in Louisiana, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane and Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud.


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How to Dress a Po' Boy

What's in your po' boy?

It takes a lot of skill to put together the perfect New Orleans-style po'boy. Talented children's author and musician Johnette Downing takes readers through the steps to create this classic meal, adding in a heaping dash of humor. From French bread and Blue-Plate mayonnaise to Creole tomatoes and debris, all delicious ingredients are included. This book is a tasty read for even the youngest child and a great laugh for adults of all ages!


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