The Story Of Frog Belly Rat Bone


Cementland is filled with treasures: smelly socks, broken TVs, wire. You name it. One day, though, as a young boy was searching through the piles of junk, he found a box. The note on the box instructed the boy to put its contents into the earth. So he did. The next day the treasure was gone, so he made a security guard from the junk. Frog Belly Rat Bone had the job of protecting that treasure and scaring off anyone (or anything) that might try to steal it. But what could the treasure be? And just how much patience is required.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A cute monster hero, clever combinations of drawings and illustrations, and lots of dialogue make this a fun story to read together.

Content Awareness Factors:

The dark illustrations at the beginning may make you think this is a dark (meaning heavy) book. It's not. There is nothing scary or ominous about it.

Little Kid Reaction

"Frog Belly Rat Bone One-two-three!" It didn't take long before my daughter caught on and started reading Frog Belly's parts herself. She loved the book, though she found the illustrations hard to discern sometimes.

Parent Reaction

It's been a while since I've read a picture book where I loved changing my voice. This one begs you to do it! The message about being environmentally concious is there, but is a soft undertone to the friendship the boy creates with Frog Belly and the community of animals.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that reminds us about the beauty around us (not to mention recycling, too).
Educational Themes:

There are distinct themes of conservation and littering, but you can also talk about friendship, imagination, stealing, forgiveness, and community. You might even build your own Frog Belly Rat Bone.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a clever, unique story and one that you'll love to share with the kids for many years. It has a "Three Little Pigs" sense about it.

Title The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
Author Timothy Basil Ering
Publisher Candlewick © 2008
Illustrators Timothy Basil Ering
ISBN 9780763626112
Material Hard Cover
Cost $6.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Ecology | Environment
Other Reviews:

You May Also Like...

Check out these books you may also like


Brandon Mull


Ellie Bethel
IDW Publishing © 2008


Steven Kroll
Two Lions © 2009