Below are a few of the many books by Stephen Scott, a Columbus, GA author who often goes by the moniker of “The Kudzu King.”
KATIE & THE KUDZU KING
This is a story about a kid named Beevie, who like most little boys, didn’t like to eat his vegetables. He especially didn’t like his mother’s casseroles and usually pouted when supper wasn’t some cool food like pizza or burgers. He gets a little too big for his britches one night after a skirmish with his mother and takes off into town on a mission to find some real food. His trip into town becomes a surreal adventure as he encounters one weird fast food restaurant after another. They not only don’t seem to have the food he wants, but things get increasingly bizarre as the night progresses. At each restaurant Beevie thinks he has found what he is looking for, only to be further frustrated by food even more grotesque than the last. After a nightmarish night of many wild and unearthly foods, his fatigue and hunger get the best of him and he decides that maybe, just maybe, Mom’s cooking is not so bad after all. This is the moral of the story, but we have fun getting to this point. ABOUT GRUNIONS The “grunions” he encounters are sardine-sized fish (genus Leuresthes) which are found only off the coast of California and Baja Mexico. They are about six inches long and are known for their unusual mating ritual. During high tides, the females move to the shallowest water and dig their tails into the sand to lay their eggs. The whole thing usually occurs at night and lasts for only half a minute or so. On the west coast, it is called a “Grunion Run”
BEN AND THE LITTLE BLUE BUS
One bright summer day, a giant cruise ship arrives at the tiny Caribbean Island port of St. Melvin, Antibulla. A British couple and their two children disembark for a day tour of the island. Looking for a car and driver for the day, they try to employ a limousine, but the children spy a battered little old bus, driven by a tall gregarious island man named Ben. The children win out and the adventure begins. The children want Ben to take them to the top of the island volcano. The parents are horrified but give in to all the excitement. Between the market area and the volcano, they encounter numerous obstacles, each to which Ben calmly replies “no problem” and proceeds to “motor through” any difficulty presented. He also adds “and up we go” or similar saying at each instance of the parents’ doubt.