Author visit: Have you flipped the frog?


London Elementary School second-graders Aaron McKnight and Tyler Hardin (front row) and Jessie Minner and Kelsie Spencer (back row) are gearing up for a visit from Bender & Bender, authors and illustrators of the children’s book, "Ribbit! Flip and See Who Froggy Can Be."

Have you flipped the frog?

Readers of all ages are getting a kick out of "Ribbit! Flip and See Who Froggy Can Be," a new children’s picture book by Bender & Bender. The book’s tri-cut pages let readers mix and match Froggy’s hats and hair, chins and grins, and shirts and skirts. More than 3,000 silly combinations are possible.

On Feb. 28, the authors and illustrators will visit London to share the story behind the creation of "Ribbit!", a project that took the group 2,500 hours to complete. Dressed as characters from the book, they will spend the day at London Elementary School, then give a presentation to the public at 6:30 p.m. at London Public Library.

Bender & Bender is a commercial photography and computer illustration studio located in a 25-acre woods just outside of Waldo, Ohio. The family-owned business has been creating unusual images for nearly 40 years, with clients that range from the Columbus Zoo to Napa Auto Parts.

Bender & Bender’s images have appeared in advertisements in national publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, People, and Newsweek. The studio’s work also has appeared in the Centre Pompidou in France, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, "Communication Arts," "Photographis" and "The Art of Persuasion: A History of Advertising Photography."

The studio has created images for other children’s books, but "Ribbit!" is Bender & Bender’s first foray into creating their own book—pictures, story and all. Using their talents as photographers, illustrators, prop-makers, digital artists and storytellers, the eight-person group came up with a photo-real story about an ordinary frog that becomes many extraordinary things. The book’s publisher is HarperCollins Children’s Books, New York.

For more information about Bender & Bender and "Ribbit!", go to

London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. For details about the "Ribbit!" visit or any other program, call 740-852-9543.


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