Whether illustrating his own work or that of others, Ering's art is by turns energetic, quirky, evocative, offbeat, expressive, and distinctive. It allows readers of all ages to appreciate how idiosyncratic art can help one see the world in fresh, unexpected ways. Meet a child who rocks the world with a temper tantrum, Snook whose loyalty is ultimately rewarded, and an unexpected bivalve hero. See the world through the images of an abused, isolated teenager. All of these and more can be seen through the multifaceted work of Timothy Basil Ering.
Necks Out for Adventure: The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin
Edwin is a translucent 'wiggleskin' — a clam — who sheds his shell for the sake of adventure. Not only does he have a fabulous adventure but saves his clam clan from clam diggers. This quirky tale is fast-paced, funny, and illustrated in Ering's high-energy style.
The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger
Hamilton Squidlegger is fearless! Well, almost. During the day he can best all the frackensnappers, skelecragons, and bracklesneeds in the swamp, but at night he quakes in terror. Will his father be able to help Hamilton remain fearless in his own mud all night?
The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
A stick-figure boy enlivens his dreary town called Cementland when he discovers and plants a treasure. To protect it from robbers, he creates a scarecrow-like creature from various paraphernalia but winds up befriending the thieves. Hand-written text ideally complements the rich, active illustrations.
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling
Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm. Everything aboard the ship is flung to the far reaches of the sea, including the very special and beautiful duck egg he had nestled safely inside his fiddle case. But perhaps all is not lost: the little duckling stumbles out of his shell and discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle, floating not too far away in the waves. And when the duckling embraces the instrument with all his heart, what happens next is pure magic.
Books illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Finn Throws a Fit
Young Finn doesn't like anything on this particular day. When offered something he normally likes, Finn throws an earth-shaking tantrum. Readers will likely see themselves in egg-shaped Finn's behavior as his parents try to weather the storm revealed in energetic language and ebullient, sketchy illustrations.
Mr. and Mrs. God in the Creation Kitchen
This offbeat and slightly irreverent original story invents a tale about the creation of the universe; it was made in the kitchen of Mr. & Mrs. God. Older readers will enjoy the humor of the verbal sparring between the duo and in the homespun look of the light-handed illustrations.
Snook, a small rat terrier, happily lives and works with his monk friend on their isolated island sanctuary until separated by a storm. Poetic language combines with evocative illustrations to convey the range of authentic emotions, happily concluding with dog and man reunited.
The Tale of Despereaux
Distinct stories which involve a mouse, a human princess, and a rat seamlessly come together to surprise and absorb readers as they see the struggle between light and dark in this Newbery-winning novel. (2004 Newbery Nedal Winner)
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