Book Note: Billy Boll Weevil: A Pest Becomes a Hero, by Justice Hugh Maddox
Posted on Thursday January 21, 2016
In the early 1970s, Justice Hugh Maddox read books and told stories to his little daughter Jane. She liked his stories, so he decided to write and illustrate one for her. The subject that he chose, “crop diversification,” may not be an obvious choice for a child’s book. But Maddox was trying to dramatize a turning point of twentieth-century Alabama history, and he would do so by following the path blazed by Aesop’s talking animals. The result, first published in 1976, was Billy Boll Weevil: A Pest Becomes a Hero.