Bright Blue Rooster

Retail Price: $16.95

Bright Blue Rooster is a story of “humorous nonsense that, on reflection, makes a subtle comment about our current situation ‘down on the farm.’” Written by Mike Norris with carved illustrations by one of America’s best-known folk artists, Minnie Adkins, the book includes a musical version so the tale can be read or sung.

photo credit:  John Hockensmith


The writings of Mike Norris are typically described as books for young people, but they are most often reviewed as “appealing to all readers from children to adults.”  His stories and poems are multi-layered and can be read again and again to reveal new levels of meaning and literary artistry.  They have been extravagantly praised by reviewers and some of Kentucky’s most illustrious writers, one of whom said, “These tales and rhymes are timeless and will be on bookshelves a hundred years from now.”
Each book is a one-of-a-kind combination of inspired, imaginative rhymes and illustrations not drawn or painted, but carved by legendary Kentucky folk artist Minnie Adkins.  In addition to the literary quality of the writing, Norris’ wide-ranging talent is reflected in striking page design, art-quality photography of Adkins’ carvings, and the composition of songs to complement each book.  A Louisville Courier-Journal review described Rhymes from the Mountains as “an artistic treasure for both story and art.”

Lexington’s Arts Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, 21st July 2022 at

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Center
Doors Open 11:00am    Lunch Served at 11:30am    Awards Presented at 12 noon.
Individual Tickets are $45 each   –   Table for 8 people is $320


Fox 56, Lexington At 85, eastern Kentucky folk artist still as sharp as her knives

ELLIOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY (WDKY-TV)– Minnie Adkins is one of the most renown folk artists from Appalachia. Her wood carvings are in galleries and museums around the world.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

Minnie Adkins

Minnie Adkins, who has been carving since she was five years old, is one of America’s best-known folk artists. Among many honors, she has won the Folk Art Society of America Distinguished Artist Award, the Centre College Norton Award, and the Morehead University Appalachian Treasure Award. Her work is part of many permanent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the American Folk Art Museum; the Huntington Museum of Art; and the Kentucky Folk Art Center. She has illustrated another children’s book, Sonny the Monkey, and lives in Isonville, Kentucky.

Book Details
Author: Mike Norris
Illustrator: Minnie Adkins
Pages: 40 pages
Product Dimensions: 10x8.5
ISBN: 978-1-938905-10-0
Cover Type: Hardcover
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