Friday, February 9, 2018

Timothy Basil Ering Visits RES

One of our favorite author/illustrators is Timothy Basil Ering, a great friend of RES.  Tim visited us last week to meet with each grade level as part of our annual Reading Celebration. He shared his ideas about art, the world and life with a very enthusiastic audience. Check out his video shout-out to RES.

For those of you new to his work, here is a brief biography from the Reading Rockets website. That link also contains a video interview with Tim about becoming a children's book illustrator.

Timothy Basil Ering grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with water, boats, and fisherman all around him. He remembers vividly when he was able to read a book the whole way through all by himself. That book was Green Eggs and Ham, and Dr. Seuss remains one of his great inspirations, teaching Ering that you can be wildly silly and thoughtful at the same time.
Ering studied at the Art Center College of Design in California, before setting sail as a boatswainsmate aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, traveling to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Africa. When he returned from his world travels, he decided to return to his art and try to make a living at it.
He illustrated his first children's book in 2001 (Sad Doggy) which was quickly followed by the enormously successful Newbery winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, originally published with black and white pencil drawings and later in a full-color specially bound edition. The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Necks Out for Adventure gave Ering a chance to write as well as illustrate. All of his picture books reveal an inventive, experimental approach to the process of painting and drawing.
When Ering is not busy creating art and stories for children's books, you can find him in the studio painting images of fish, seascapes, and landscapes that reflect his life on the New England shore. Ering's artwork has appeared in magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries.
This list of selected titles is also from the Reading Rockets website. Many of Tim's books are available in the RES library.

Necks Out for Adventure: The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin

By: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
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 Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

By: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
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.

Books illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Finn Throws a Fit

By: David Elliott
Illustrated by: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
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

By: Nancy Wood
Illustrated by: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
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 Alone

By: Marilyn Nelson
Illustrated by: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction
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

By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
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 Medal Winner)

What's your favorite Tim book? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. Tim is one of my favorite children's authors! His presentations are packed full of energy and creativity! The students at RES were buzzing with enthusiasm for writing and drawing after meeting Tim. I can't choose just one favorite story because I appreciate his artwork as much as his writing. I recommend picking up one of his books and letting you choose for yourself :)