Books by Timothy Basil Ering

THE ALMOST FEARLESS HAMILTON SQUIDLEGGER by Timothy Basil Ering
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Appealing—and empowering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With his dad's help, a young frog conquers nighttime fears by harnessing his imagination. Read full book review >
WILD BOY by Mary  Losure
Released: March 12, 2013

"An interesting account, but Victor remains as inscrutable as ever. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
The well-documented case of a feral child who didn't speak, ran on all fours, and was captured in post-Revolution France and studied by a succession of Enlightenment-influenced thinkers gets an interesting, well-informed retelling, but unlike his inquisitors, the boy never comes into focus. Read full book review >
SNOOK ALONE by Marilyn Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Ever eschewing manipulation, it nevertheless could wring tears from stone. (Picture book. 5-10)"
"Abba Jacob was a monk who lived in a hermitage on the island in a faraway sea," reads the opening line of Nelson and Ering's remarkable collaboration, but readers soon discover that the monk does not lead an entirely solitary existence. Read full book review >
FINN THROWS A FIT! by David Elliott
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"While likening a child's tantrums to a severe storm is apt enough from an adult perspective, it may be too conceptually remote for little ones, for whom When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry may still ring the most emotionally true. (Picture book. 3-5)"
To say that Finn, a blue-shirted, yellow-booted tot with more than a passing resemblance to Humpty-Dumpty, is out of sorts is to severely understate the case. Read full book review >
NECKS OUT FOR ADVENTURE! by Timothy Basil Ering
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Ralph Steadman fans, at least, will flock to this. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Slipping out of his shell, a courageous little clam finds a whole new world to explore, and also gets to be a hero in this quirky outing from the author of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone (2003). Read full book review >
MR. AND MRS. GOD IN THE CREATION KITCHEN by Nancy Wood
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"Not exactly canonical, but a lighthearted way to get young readers thinking about creation through collaborative effort. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another folksy take on the Biblical creation story from the publishers of Phyllis Root's Big Momma Makes the World (2003, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Read full book review >
DON’T LET THE PEAS TOUCH! by Deborah Blumenthal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Here's a right-on picture of a close, if not always smooth, relationship that will make knowing readers grin. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Siblings clash, then resolve their issues without parental meddling in these three child-centered episodes. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"And so unwinds a tale with twists and turns, full of forbidden soup and ladles, rats lusting for mouse blood, a servant who wishes to be a princess, a knight in shining—or, at least, furry—armor, and all the ingredients of an old-fashioned drama. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Dear reader, light your lamp and listen to the tale of Despereaux, the last mouse born of Antoinette. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE by Timothy Basil Ering
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Over-designed, overburdened, overbearing nod to easy environmentalism aimed directly at the Grandma market. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shrieking "Parable!" at every page turn, this takes its design concept from another, arguably more lasting parable. Read full book review >
33 SNOWFISH by Adam Rapp
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"The snug warmth of Seldom's home and the little family he and Custis and the baby have formed contrasts powerfully with the frigid internal winter that Custis has survived, allowing both Custis and the reader to hope for redemption. (Fiction. YA)"
The bleak scenery of winter forms the backdrop to this tale of three runaways, bonded together to grasp feebly for emotional warmth. Read full book review >