"FROG BELLY . . . plants the idea that with some strategy, good communication and goodwill, you can grow wonderful things." —PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
"Frog Belly Rat Bone, one, two, three . . . the specks in the earth are protected by me. You must be patient and then you will see. . . ."
Once upon a time, in a dull, gray endless place called Cementland, there lived a very special boy who wished to find a treasure. After much searching among piles of greasy toaster ovens and wet smelly socks, he spies a box filled with specks and a wrinkled note that says, "Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy." Horrified to learn that thieves are after his treasure, the boy scrounges the junkyard and conjures a creature to stand guard – a scarecrowlike gardener with crooked bony arms, a giant belly, a jaunty crown, and preternatural wisdom: Frog Belly Rat Bone, king and protector of the specks.
With subtle, delicate tones, fantastical figures, and bursts of glowing color, the surreal artwork and hand-lettered text of Tim Ering’s picture book debut exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination – and the wonders of a natural world that awaits discovery, even in Cementland.
Included with each book: a whimsical full-color bookmark offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artist, his technique – and his inspiration!
Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo and FINN THROWS A FIT! by David Elliott. He is also the author-illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE and NECKS… More about Timothy Basil Ering
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Timothy Basil Ering’s THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE provides a dark-colored picturebook with handwritten pages as it tells of a boy’s find of a strange, wonderful box filled with magic. —Children’s Bookwatch
. . . the art and the design are extraordinary. Ering’s combination of hand-lettered text and scribbly, muddy, scratchy pictures looks like a collaboration between Tim Burton and Ralph Steadman (in a good mood). —Booklist
The big revelation here is newcomer Timothy Basil Ering’s jaw-dropping illustrations: his moody, dramatically layered acrylics plunge us into a surreal otherworld about to flower. —FamilyFun
This compelling fantasy with whimsical illustrations celebrates the natural world and the world of imagination. It’s a find for Earth Day. —Yellow Brick Road
Ering’s illustrations ooze personality . . . FROG BELLY RAT BONE offers a rich harvest for adults and children alike. —Star Tribune