Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Steamboat Annie and the Thousand-Pound Catfish

Hi all you friends!

I have news! I’m almost to 1000 followers! I need four more to meet my goal. 🙂  Right now I saw where you are at 996. This is what I see when I click on my blog from my desktop. Do you see the same thing? Can you follow me to meet my goal of 1000? All you have to do is click on the button to the right where it says subscribe and you will get an update in your inbox.  And it’s free!  Or for the second way you can become a follower is simply to click on follow, up on your Word Press bar at the top.  Cool huh?

Aand! I’m almost at 400 likes on my author Facebook page.  While you are following me please click over and *like* me on Facebook. Maybe the number will grow. 🙂

Aaand on another cool subject.  We’re working on a web page for my book “Annie’s Special Day.” As soon as it’s on Amazon I’ll make it public and share it with you. Right now the book is still only available on but the Publisher is working on getting it on Amazon. Some of you have gotten copies and I’ve received some author copies for myself. If you’d like to post a review let me know and I’ll send you a book in exchange for a review on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Good reads. One review will do pasted in all those places. Yep! I’ll appreciate it.

So did you think I forgot about the title? Of PPBF? All this news making me forgetful? No way. Grab your mocha and donut and have a slug. Here is Perfect Picture Book Friday!

Steamboat Annie book coverPerfect Picture Book Friday/ Steamboat Annie and the Thousand-Pound Catfish

Title: Steamboat Annie and the Thousand-Pound Catfish

Author/illustrator: Catherine Wright/ Howard Fine

Published by: Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers; 2001; Fiction

Themes: Tall Tales, Catfish, Humor, Foolishness, Nostalgia, Pranks, Imagination, Bravery/ courage. Animals, folk-lore tradition. Fairy tales, folk tales and myths.

Resources: For American folk art and crafts go here :

Russ Childers and his fiddles and Banjo make music along the Ohio River. For more on this artist musician and for a history of Steamboats and flatboats and Appalachian music go here:  this is a whole pdf on music, steamboats, instruments of river music, history of Tall Tales and more. There are also activities like bragging on yourself and on making a flat paddle wheel model. This was most entertaining to read.

What the jacket says: A thousand-pound catfish? There’s no such thing! Well of course there is: His name’s Ernie and he’s an ornery, stubborn, hot-tempered thousand pound catfish at that. What’s a town called Pleasant to do when this worthless whiskered rascal and his wormy sidekick are making it downright unpleasant? Call Steamboat Annie, that’s what!

Join the singing citizens of this happy town as they cheer on Annie, and see what happens when she attempts to put an end to Ernie’s mischief once and for all, giving the folks in Pleasant something to really sing about!

Howard Fine’s distinctive, wacky illustrations are a perfect match for Catherine Wright’s rollicking tale. Told with bountiful energy and wit. Steamboat Annie and the Thousand-Pound Catfish is tall-tale telling at it’s tallest, and picture book making at it’s most fun.

First Three Sentences:  “It began in a little town called Pleasant. The folks in Pleasant were musical, in fact, uncommonly musical. Babies were born whistling, grandmas played fiddles, and the children kept time on metal washtubs.”

Why I loved it:It reminded me of Davy Crockett and Paul Bunyan. The tall tale brag is most humorous

Paul Bunyan and his cradle.

Paul Bunyan and his cradle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to kids of pre teen age and I was deep into those songs at my parent’s friend’s cabin when I was ten and eleven on vacation. The swagger and brag and bringing home the bacon after swearing you’ll do it is so validating for a woman and one notices that Steamboat Annie is a woman. This book will appeal to all kids, girls and boys alike as they dream of bigger things than themselves and the world around them.

Please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book list on her web page for lists of books relegated to theme or alphabetical. If you are a parent, teacher, librarian or reader you can find the perfect book of your choice here.

Maybe the big brag from this book gave me the courage to ask for likes and post the

Steamboat Annie image

Steamboat Annie Image  web site, asking for reviews. No one can have too many reviews and people really read them. Many buying the book depending on what the review say. It just has to be honest. It doesn’t have to be something saying the book is perfect and awesome. So Yeah, I’ve gotten a little courage from Steamboat Annie. We share the same main character name. 🙂

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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29 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Steamboat Annie and the Thousand-Pound Catfish

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Congrats on almost 1000 followers, that’s incredible well done! Steam Boat Annie sounds delightful. A Huckleberry Finn fan is sure to like this.


  2. Steam Boat Annie sounds like a fun book filled with lots of folklore and tall tales. Love the cover. Great choice for PPBF.


  3. Sounds like a great book and I love your PB selections!


  4. Widdershins says:

    I’m so impressed, Clar … You’ve created a wonderful tribe.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, they are rather wonderful! 🙂 Maybe I should stress that next week! 🙂

      One thing I Feel I should have clarified more is that most of my followers are twitter followers that show up when I click on followers for my blog. I love all of them but I don’t think for a minute that all of them read it each time.


  5. Congrats, Clar, on your first 1,000 followers!! If I weren’t one already, I’d sign up for sure….
    What a fun story. Talk about local color!


  6. Margot Finke says:

    Steamboat Annie sounds wonderful. The good old days brought back with fine words and even finer scenes.
    Gotta have it,mate. And I LOVE catfish!!

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  7. Wow, 1000 followers? Congratulations. I can’t even begin to imagine having that many followers. Good for you!

    Steamboat Annie sounds like such fun — love that cover illustration. And it’s so good to see a tall tale involving a woman main character. Great pick, Clar!


  8. Amy Dixon says:

    I just love books that seek to empower young girls, and this sounds like one of them. Thanks for sharing, Clar!


  9. Wow, Clar! Congrats on all those followers and FB likers – I’m totally in awe and hope you’ll share your secret 🙂 LOVE the look of this book because I love tall tales! I’ll have to find this one. Thanks so much for adding it to our list!


  10. Micki Peluso says:

    Hi Clar, Congrats on your follows. Do you mean the followers on your blogsite? I’ll like you on fb if I haven’t already. Your book sounds delightful–good luck with it!!



    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, On my blogsite, but this includes twitter followers, email followers and blog followers from WordPress so maybe I should have clarified that.

      Thanks, Micki. 🙂


  11. I’d love to sign up again, unfortunately that wouldn’t give you the four more you need to reach your goal. It was just one of my wacky thoughts. All the of PB reviews from Susanna’s Group are awesome. 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Tracy.
      I know! I Just think one is better than the last one and just when I think there must be one mediocre one, I Find another even better than the last. 🙂


  12. First, Clar, CONGRATULATIONS. Having 1,000 followers and 400 likes is quite an achievement. I am always a huge fan of Howard Fine, and this book looks particularly quirky.


  13. jannatwrites says:

    Congratulations on almost reaching 1,000 followers (you probably have reached goal by now :)) I think a follower is a follower, no matter if it’s blog, Twitter, Facebook or email. I can’t wait to see the Amazon page for your book!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Oh! thanks, Janna. You’ve been with me since the beginning and I with you. I really meant it when I said my thoughts are with you. I love your blog and read it all the time. 🙂

      My publisher is getting it on Amazon this weekend so I hope she’s on it. I’ve been afraid to check.


  14. That is wonderful, Clar! 1000…wow…I’d add one more, but I am already following you. And now you have 401 on FB…I didn’t know you had a FB page…thanks for the heads-up!
    Great book…love funny characters…thanks for adding it to the PPBF list. 😉
    I’ll post a review of Annie’s Special Day on Amazon when your page comes up…I wish I had been smarter when people did reviews of Show Me How over the last 2 years…I never asked them to post it on Amazon, so I only have a dozen…would love to have more as I’ve heard the same thing as you…the more reviews you have, the better it is for sales. 🙂 🙂


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