Grunions with Onions

Grunions with Onions

by Stephen Scott, Donna Bailey

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This is a story about a kid named Beevie, who like most little boys, didn’t like to eat his vegetables. He especially didn’t like his mother’s casseroles and usually pouted when supper wasn’t some cool food like pizza or burgers. He gets a little too big for his britches one night after a skirmish with his mother and takes off into town on a mission to find some real food. His trip into town becomes somewhat of a surreal, dream-like sequence as he encounters one weird fast food restaurant after another. They not only don’t seem to have the food he wants, but things get increasingly bizarre as the night progresses. At each restaurant Beevie thinks he has found what he is looking for, only to be further frustrated by food even more grotesque than the last.

After a nightmarish night of many wild and unearthly foods, his fatigue and hunger get the best of him and he decides that maybe, just maybe, Mom’s cooking is not so bad after all. This is the moral of the story, but we have fun getting to this point.


The “grunions” he encounters are sardine-sized fish (genus Leuresthes) which are found only off the coast of California and Baja Mexico. They are about six inches long and are known for their unusual mating ritual. During high tides, the females move to the shallowest water and dig their tails into the sand to lay their eggs. The whole thing usually occurs at night and lasts for only half a minute or so. On the west coast, it is called a “Grunion Run.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016114422
Publisher: Kudzu King Productions
Publication date: 11/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
File size: 13 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Stephen Scott was born in Mobile, Alabama and grew up in Fairhope, Alabama on Mobile Bay. Upon graduating from Fairhope High School in 1961 he studied Architecture, then music at Auburn, receiving a bachelor degree in music in 1965 and a masters in 1970. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Damato in Viet Nam, remained in the Reserves and was called back to active duty for a year in 1990. He retired with 28 years service and attained the rank of Captain.

From 1971 to 1975 he was director of bands at Central High School in Phenix City

He continued his education in a PhD program at University of Southern Mississippi and received an MBA degree from Columbus College in 1983, He worked in training design and development for four years as a civil servant with the U.S. Army and produced training films, field manuals and instructions. He also revised instructions for the Secretary of the Navy and for the Chief of Naval Operations and produced instructions, interactive video training and correspondence courses for the U.S. Navy.

Stephen was a medical educator for over 13 years with Three Rivers Area Health Education Center in Columbus and held faculty positions at Medical College of Georgia & Mercer School of Medicine through this affiliation.

He is married to Adleyn Scott, a church organist and artist. He has four grown children and five grandchildren. Adventures with his children led to his becoming a children’s book author. He enjoys music performance (percussion) and creating poems, songs and stories. He also has a love for world travel, reading, drawing and painting, and story telling.

A dedicated volunteer, he is a member of St. Luke Methodist Church in Columbus, and serves on the boards of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Columbus) and the Columbus Jazz Society.


Donna Kristine Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial art from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California and an Associate in Art degree from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. She was a commercial artist for 15 years with a small town newspaper and taught art for the Sonoma Valley Adult Education program for several years. She is currently teaching art and has painted commissioned portraits (people and pets) for many years.

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