Written by Cornell Landry and Illustrated by Victoria Wisinski
There has never been a children’s book about St. Bernard Parish – until now! Beloved local author of Goodnight NOLA, Happy Mardi Gras, One Dat, Two Dat, Are you a Who Dat?, and more, Cornell Landry wanted to pen a book for his friends down in St Bernard Parish. While writing Goodnight to da Parish, Landry worked closely with natives to make certain the book was authentic – and the book they wanted – capturing the spirit, the soul, the history, the resilience, and the pride of St. Bernard Parish and its people. Cornell takes readers from Rocky & Carlo’s to Delacroix – and everywhere in between – including ‘da places dat’s no longer dere,’ like Bubba John’s, Village Square, Penny Lanes, and St. Mark’s Fair.
In typical Cornell Landry fashion, his new book is an entertaining and clever rhyming tribute to the special place on the other side of the Industrial Canal. Written in the vernacular, it is best read aloud by someone who has mastered the unique and endearing accent of ‘da parish.’ Goodnight to da Parish is illustrated by St. Bernard Parish native Victoria Wisinski – a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, who specializes in graphic design and children’s book illustrations.