Lil’ Yat’s Adventure Books

Just like playful squirrels in the Spanish moss-covered oak trees; just like the many blocks of shotgun houses and neighborhood corner po-boy restaurants

Rhonda Johnson Valladares (author) and Kurt Johnson (Illustrator) are native to “New Orleans.”  Rhonda and Kurt grew up with two brothers and one sister in Uptown New Orleans.  As kids, they enjoyed the many trips to Audubon and City Park with such attractions as Monkey Hill, the Zoo and Storyland. Rhonda always had a passion for writing while Kurt had an interest in art illustration.  However, life took them each in different directions. After graduating from college Rhonda worked in management for many years while Kurt followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the U. S. Navy.  But the passions for writing and Illustrating still loomed in this sister/brother pair.  When Kurt retired from the military he returned home to the “Big Easy.” At that time, Rhonda reignited the artistic spark in him with the hope of bringing her writings to life.  This is how Lil’ Yat’s Adventures began.