Joanne Mehrtens and Pat Roig are two early childhood educators with fifty-three years teaching experience between them. They have written and illustrated several books to teach young children about their beloved city of New Orleans.
These books are about two cute cockroaches, Ralph and Roxanne, and their many adventures around the city of New Orleans.
The Beignet That Almost Got Away
"The Beignet That Almost Got Away" chronicles the journey of Ralph and Roxanne as they chase an elusive beignet through the colorful streets of the French Quarter.
Counting Around The Neutral Ground
"Counting Around the Neutral Ground" is a counting book for children that highlights the local color of St. Charles Avenue. As always, Ralph and Roxanne are there to comment on each page with hilarious quips that provide enjoyment for adult readers.
Clothilde's MeeMaw Swallows Mardi...
"Clothilde's MeeMaw Swallows Mardi Gras" is a celebration of everything that is Mardi Gras. MeeMaw doesn't know what Mardi Gras is all about and Ralph and Roxanne are going to help her find out.
Jockamo Knows Gumbo
"Jockamo Knows Gumbo" finds Jockamo sick in bed. The cure for his flu is Maw Maw's Gumbo. It's up to Ralph and Roxanne to find the fresh ingredients for this homemade remedy.
Bless You Bugs
Our newest edition “Bless You Bugs” is our love letter to the Saints’ fans. Ralph and Roxanne, avid football fans, attempt to attend a Saints’ game at the Dome. Surprisingly, they are turned away at the gate. Our intrepid insects find hilarious and creative ways to disguise themselves in order to get in.