Posted by Venus on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: April 8, 2014
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? Timothy Basil Ering brings his signature energetic touch to this sweet story of father and son.
I am not entirely sure what Hamilton Squidlegger is although I am leaning toward frog. Whatever he is, he is fabulously drawn with a personality that just leaps off the page. The illustrations are so much fun and I was surprised to find out that this artist did the illustrations for The Tale of Despereaux and not so surprised to see that he also did Frog Belly Rat Bone. The story is about bravery and how to overcome fears with a nice bit of swashbuckling to make it fun and ridiculous. Fun and colorful, I think kids are really going to like this one.