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The Wise Mullet of Cook Bayou
by Timothy A. Weeks
Thomas Expressions, 2004
Soft cover, $14.99 (50 pages)
ISBN: 0-9713573-8-2
 
  The Wise Mullet of Cook Bayou is based on an old fable by the Venerable Rumi. Timothy Weeks draws on his childhood as the son of a commercial fisherman at Cook Bayou near Panama City, Florida.

The story follows three mullet friends living in East Bay. As the fisherman's net goes out, the wise mullet escapes; the middling mullet almost gets caught by his indecision; and the dumb mullet becomes supper. The wise mullet listening to the small voice of his conscience, travels west. He passes the marine life of the area as well as observes the industries along the water. Finally, he ends up in West Bay and befriends a pretty mullet.

The book was a family project. Weeks' mother Jeanne Weeks illustrated the book. Mixed media art was used, blending her drawings with background photographs of the area.  

The book has been well-received at festivals, gift shops and independent bookstores along the Gulf, selling 1100 copies in the first month of release.

Timothy A. Weeks is a journalist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Joyce Dixon
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