Big Chief Juan Pardo – When the Morning Comes: A Mardi Gras Indian Story (Book)


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Release Year:  2019

Publisher:  Pelican

ISBN:  978-1-4556-2439-3

Hard Cover

32 pages


Today is Monday in the rest of the world but in New Orleans it’s Lundi Gras – the day before Mardi Gras! Jason is excited about what he will see the next day but his big brother Max is tired of listening to him. Max sets out to terrify the younger boy with tall tales of the Bone Men, the Wild Man, the Indians, the Spy Boy and the Big Chief who shoots fire from his hands.

When the morning comes a low moan and the boump, boump, boump of a drum wake Jason up, just as his brother predicted! Has the Skull and Bone Gang come to get him? When the scary fiends turn out to be not exactly as Max described Jason decides that, just maybe, the day won’t be scary at all!

Written by Big Chief Jan Pardo of the Golden Comanches, this informative tale of unique New Orleans traditions brings all the excitement of Mardi Gras day to life.


About the Author

Juan Pardo grew up in a creative family; his mother was a seamstress and his father came home from the US Navy to a career in TV and radio. Art and music were always a big part of his life. As a child he attended All Saints School in Algiers where, from his classroom window, he could watch the parade floats being decorated. Pardo also observed the passion and beauty of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians whose music took him from his home in New Orleans to Atlanta before Hurricane Katrina brought Pardo back to the city of his heart. All of his musical talents and energy are now devoted to bringing the Mardi Gras Indians’ message of resilience, passion and love to the world through their rich tradition of storytelling.

About the Illustrator

Vernon Smith has been creating art since he was able to hold a pencil. He provides marketing artwork for businesses through his studio El MacFearsome Comic Squares. A trained visual artist from both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans, he has created several comic books and graphic novels. He is the author and illustrator of The Littlest Streetcar and the illustrator of Jokes for Crescent City Kids and The King Cake Baby, all published by Pelican. When not writing and illustrating he focuses on his most important role, being a father.


Additional information

Weight 13.0 oz
Dimensions 9.0 × 0.5 × 11.0 in
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