An innocent visit up to meet their new neighbors turns into an intricate tale of deception. How will Frog and Pickles find their way out of this mess and still manage to keep their new friend? Both young and older readers will enjoy this heart-warming, humorous tale about the summer the foxes moved to town.
Targeted Age Group:: 3-9
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I think there’s something very human (or frog-like) about trying to mold ourselves to the expectations of others. I find true friendship to be the antidote this. True friendship is the place where we can rejoice in being ourselves. This is what Frog and Pickles discover in their friendship with Vernon, the little fox. Vernon delights in the masquerade of characters that Frog and Pickles pretend to be, because, in the end, he knows who they really are. They’re his friends.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Frog has shown up in many of my stories. I always enjoy encountering him because he is so imperfect but means so well. He has a wild imagination and a good heart. He loves to have fun, but doesn’t always show the best discretion. I guess he makes me feel better about my own missteps and occasional bull-headedness.
One day, at the beginning of summer, some new neighbors moved into the house at the top of the hill. Frog and Pickles were naturally very curious.
“We must go and introduce ourselves,” said Frog.
“Oh yes,” said Pickles.
They started up the hill, but something didn’t feel right…
“What if they don’t like us? What if they find us to be ordinary?”
…and they decided to turn back.
That night, Frog had an idea. “I know, we will dress up as intriguing characters, and they we’ll go an introduce ourselves.”
“Oh good,” said Pickles. “This will be fun.”
About the Author:
Kirstin has a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University where she is also an academic and personal counselor. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and one-year-old son.
“Although I began as a short-story writer, my work has evolved into what I now call my “illustrated stories.” These stories contain a revolving cast of existential, furry creatures, struggling with the timeless topics of what it means to be a good friend, how to cope with one’s imperfections, and how to lead a life well-lived.
After completing my MFA in Creative Writing and struggling for several years to eek out worthy sentences, I began drawing pictures again. Somehow, adding this visual component rekindled my creative spirit and returned me to a more natural place as a writer.
I hope you will enjoy my books!”
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