The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Basil Ering

The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger

Written by Timothy Basil Ering
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

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This is a page-turning story about a normally boisterous youngster with a fear of being alone in the dark...until a magical quest results in a good night's sleep all round. Extraordinary artwork provides a fantastical backdrop for a winning text set in a nonsensical invented environment. This is a terrific dad-and-son adventure tale, involving monsters, seafaring and wormcake! It is brilliant for reading aloud at bedtime when the sun slips down behind the scrintalberry trees...


The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Basil Ering

This is an endearing tale of a boy overcoming his bedtime fears with a little help from Dad - and the promise of wormcake in the morning. Hamilton Squidlegger is fearless! Well, almost. During the day he can triumph over 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 and exuberantly colourful story of father and son.


Wow, what an incredible book Baby Buzz Magazine Wild imaginings, extravagant neologism, scratchy creatures and sunset colour make the domestic fantastic -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times A spectacular tale of father-son reassurance, brackleheads and wormcake Metro Quite wonderful The School Librarian

About the Author

Timothy Basil Ering

Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the multiple-award-winning The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson, as well as the acclaimed author-illustrator of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Necks Out for Adventure! He lives in the USA in Kingston, Massachusetts, with his wife and sons.

As a child
With a Lithuanian father and a French mother, Timothy Basil Ering studied at a design college in Pasadena, California, before indulging his longtime love of the sea as a boatswains mate aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, sailing to points as far afield as Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Sri Lanka and Africa. And since finishing art school – where he discovered influences as far removed as Michelangelo and Dr Seuss – he has worked successfully as an illustrator and author.

As an adult
“I always think of illustration as a form of acting,” says Tim. “Each time I approach a project, I need to become the character I’m depicting. And then I have to choose the appropriate medium that will allow me to speak in that voice.” Tim’s artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theatre sets, private murals, and fine art galleries. The invariably paint-splattered artist lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA.

As an artist
Tim’s first picture book with Walker Books had its beginnings in a silly string of words he thought up to amuse himself as he meandered to favourite fishing spots on Cape Cod. Years later, at an urban garden created by schoolchildren in Pasadena, he began sketching a scarecrow. “I knew at that moment,” he says, “that Frog Belly Rat Bone had found a home.” And so sprung up the tale of a boy who finds strange, specklike treasures, and the unforgettable creature who watches over them while they grow. With its surreal artwork, bursts of colour, and a quirky, handlettered text, Tim’s picture-book début exudes all the whimsy of an inspired imagination. Exploring a more classical style in Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, the illustrator says, “my mother may have been a mouse in her past life, as I watched her save and help so many mice in our house while I was growing up. The illustrations I’ve done of Despereaux Tilling are, in a way, my tribute to her.”

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th June 2014




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