Pibbin, smallest of treefrogs, is desperate to get help for his injured turtle friend, but how can he find a doctor? The other frogs warn him that it’s a long, fearful journey. “You’ll run into snakes and that giant bullfrog,” they say. “Black Snapping Crabs might eat you.”
“Am I too small?” Pibbin asks himself. “Too small to be brave?”
In spite of his fears, Pibbin sets off with his new pal, Leeper, and they hop into a more dangerous mystery than anyone ever expected.
Pibbin the Small is Book 1 in the TALES OF FRIENDSHIP BOG
Book 2, The Story Shell, and Book 3, Trapped, are also available as audiobooks.
Targeted Age Group: Ages 5 and up
What was your inspiration for this book?
On a warm spring night in New Jersey, I listened to Pine Barrens Treefrogs for the first time, and I will never forget their earnest songs: “Wonk-wonk-wonk!” A friend gave me one of those small green creatures to hold, but my delight was short-lived. I felt the frog’s tiny feet scrabbling against my palm, I opened my fingers, and it was gone.
I asked myself, “Could anything so delicate also be brave? What adventures might he have?” The story of a little treefrog named Pibbin began to grow. He’d be small, but he would have a large heart of concern for his friends. As I thought further, I decided that Pibbin’s adventures should be easy to read–for all children to enjoy–and I would gather them into a collection: TALES OF FRIENDSHIP BOG.
When you wrote the book did you know you were going to offer it as an audiobook?
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I know that children enjoy listening to stories as well as reading them, and as the audiobook market began to grow, I realized that my books would be a good fit.
My son was a professional radio journalist at the time, and he was also producing audiobooks. I thought his deep, expressive voice would be excellent for narrating TALES OF FRIENDSHIP BOG, so I asked if he would consider taking on the project, and he agreed with enthusiasm.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
I wanted to go with Audible/ACX because I had published TALES with Amazon, and I had confidence that they would handle the details professionally.
If someone is thinking about creating an audiobook, what advice would you give them?
Make sure the narrator gives you a sample reading before you begin and listen to other books he/she has narrated. See what you can find out about the producer, as well. The audio-book process can be arduous, and it’s important to have confidence in your production team.
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