Mr. & Mrs. God in the Creation Kitchen

By Nancy Wood; Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763612580, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2006

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What will this cosmic couple cook up next? Nancy Wood's lively take on how a duo of married chefs got all of us started is magically and hilariously brought to life through Timothy Basil Ering's extraordinary illustrations.

Deep in the heavens, in the space between the clouds, Mr. and Mrs. God are hard at work in their Creation Kitchen. They've got frying pans and mixing bowls, beaters and whisks, and an oven big enough to roast a star - which is just what they are doing! After the sun and earth are finished, all kinds of interesting creations come next, with beaks and claws and growls and roars baked right in. When each creature is cooked to perfection, they set it down on Earth. But that's only the beginning. . . .

About the Author
NANCY WOOD has written a number of award-winning children's books, including OLD COYOTE and HOW THE TINY PEOPLE GREW TALL. She says, "I wanted to take a lighthearted look at Creation. Who says it has to be serious? Mr. and Mrs. God are having FUN!"
TIMOTHY BASIL ERING is the illustrator of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX and the author-illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE. Of MR. AND MRS. GOD IN THE CREATION KITCHEN, he says, "The recipe for this book began with Nancy Wood's creative words. Then I added three bags of squiggly lines, a handful of complementary colors, 11 cups of loose brush strokes, 32 pieces of paper, and a 41-pound sack of imagination."

Timothy Basil Ering says that THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE was inspired by a visit to Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in Pasadena, California, where there is a private garden for urban Los Angeles schoolchildren. "For as long as I can remember, I have loved to mix up words and phrases into silly little combinations that would make me laugh," he explains. "I'd make up songs while meandering down the outer beach of Cape Cod to favorite fishing spots, and 'Frog Belly Rat Bone' was always a favorite string of nouns. Then one day in Pasadena, I sat
at a tiny picnic table in the children's garden and began to sketch the garden's scarecrow. I knew at that moment that Frog Belly Rat Bone had found a home." Timothy Basil Ering's artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries. A resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, he is enamored of the sea and has a passion for nature and the outdoors. This is his first picture book with Candlewick Press.
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