Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Winds swirl through the miles of oiled flax sails as the Ashanti of West Africa boards an eastward bound ship along with a mischievous eight-legged creature.

After a treacherous two month journey across the Atlantic’s middle passage, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean shines brilliantly in the early morning sunlight. 

Hidden in the folds of the highest mast’s sails, an intricate web still remains in tact. Elegantly twisting on a fine, silken thread, Anansi lands on the shoulder of the Ashanti and begins his new life on the mystical island of Jamaica.

Each day a new adventure…

A new lesson to be learned…

How do you escape a hungry tiger?

Why did goats smell so bad?

What happens if you get too greedy?

The Ashanti’s liquid voice answers these questions by weaving his spell over his oppressed and enslaved people, captivating them with tales of the trickster, Anansi, who dances and sings with joy when he wins, and when he loses…

Shakes it off and keeps on living…

Anansi won their hearts…

Get ready to lose yours.

Anansi an Company

By Bish Denham

And you will, by these truly charming retold Jamaican tales.

I hope you all enjoyed the first intro to the A-Z challenge! Doesn’t this sound delightful. I always love a collection that has mass appeal for both children AND adults. 

Imagine reading these tales to your kids or grand kids, teaching them life’s simple lessons…

All the best Bish! 

Click on the link for your copy!

Amazon Link:

Blog: http://bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bish.denham
Twitter: @BishDenham
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439315.Bish_Denham

Happy APRIL FOUL’S day everyone… NO… this isn’t a trick…lol.


  1. Good job Bro! Good luck to Bish with her book. Thanks for reminding me that it is April Fools day :)

  2. Another great introduction! Knew from the first couple lines it was Bish's book. Really cute stories - everyone should read it.

  3. When I read Ashani and the six-legged creature, I knew you were talking about Anansi. Good choice for a theme. Good book too.

    J.L. Campbell writes at The Character Depot
    and the Jamaican Kid Lit Blog.

  4. Aw! Anansi will steal your heart for sure.

  5. I dislike spiders, but that one's cute.
    Good luck, Bish.

    Great intro, Michael. :)

  6. Ah yes, I remember seeing this book. Wonderful introduction, Michael. Glad to see you could paricipate in the Challenge.

  7. Hi Michael, are you spotlighting books for A to Z? Best wishes to Bish and Anansi and Company!

  8. The tales sound very entertaining and interesting. Good luck to Bish.

  9. Oh Michael! I'm all teary eyed. What a beautiful tribute you've given to Anansi. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And thanks to all who comment here. Anansi appreciates all visitors, all readers.

  10. Hi Michael .. that was lovely and everyone's comments too - Bish deserves all the credit she can get - because it just has to be one of the best books out there .. so entertaining ..

    Love the idea of it - and I'm definitely going to read it - even more so after your intro - great start ... cheers Hilary

  11. Folk tales are the best, what a great idea for a book! Congrats, Bish, and thanks for the exciting post on this book, Michael.

  12. Great start Michael. Look forward to the rest. Sounds a fascinating book.

  13. Great A post, Michael! I can see you're going to empty my purse by the time the month's over. ;)

    River Fairchild – A to Z Challenge, a Jeremy's Angels Co-Host Minion
    Seasoned With Words

  14. Love your intro. This book sounds wonderful!

  15. Not an April Fool's trick lol too funny!

    And I agree with everyone else, this is a great spotlight for Anansi and Company. I might just have to get it for my kids ;)

  16. Best of luck, Bish. Enjoy the Bahamas, Michael! Nice intro!!

  17. Love hearing old tales, wherever they come from. A very lighthearted start, Michael. Good luck Bish!

  18. Great A post! Here's to Anansi and Company!

  19. So much fun Michael!! I tried to guess the book by the intro. I failed, but it was fun.

  20. I love the cover to Bish's book and know I will love the stories too. I cracked up about the goats smelling so bad. Poor goats!

  21. Great intro! Got the book and can't wait to get started - talking about yours!

    Happy Vacation!

  22. Awesome intro, Michael.

    Congrats to Bish!

  23. Retold Jamaican Tales sounds fabulous!

    Michael, I heard you had eye surgery. I hope everything went well and that you have a speedy recovery.


  24. Great intro as per usual Michael!
    The book is so cute!

  25. If Bish wrote it, I have to get it!

  26. Great kick-off for the A-Z start. Going to love following your posts.

    From a fellow A-Zer

  27. Bish and Anansi will be proud! I love this.

  28. Awesome start, Michael! Bish's book sounds like great fun. Can't wait to see what other gems you have for us this A to Z!

    VR Barkowski

  29. Off to a stellar start, Michael. I love the sound of Bish's book and the cover is absolutely awesome!

    Enjoy the A-Z!


  30. Awesome! I want to dive right into this book and have some exciting adventures. You are a master, my dear.

  31. This sounds like an interesting book, thanks for the intro :)

  32. I love books that have age-cross-over appeal, and I love cultural folk tales. Sounds like a winner!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014