The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone (Hardcover)

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone By Timothy Basil Ering, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator) Cover Image
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“Frog Belly plants the idea that with some strategy, good communication, and goodwill, you can grow wonderful things.”— Portland Press Herald

Once upon a time, in a gray endless place called Cementland, a boy finds a treasure box. It’s filled with tiny specks and a wrinkled note that says, “Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy.” But a special treasure requires a special guardian, so the boy conjures a creature to protect the specks: Frog Belly Rat Bone. With subtle, delicate tones, fantastical figures, and bursts of glowing color, the surreal artwork and hand-lettered text of Timothy Basil Ering’s picture book debut exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination.

About the Author

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 Necks Out for Adventure! He lives in Massachusetts.

Praise For…

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).

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.

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763666613
ISBN-10: 0763666610
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: February 6th, 2013
Pages: 48
Language: English