Posts filed under ‘Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh’

The Owl

In this installment, Mrs. Frisby and Jeremy reach the owl’s tree to gain advice over what to do about Mrs. Frisby’s sick son, Timothy. Mrs. Frisby enters the hollow trunk that he calls his home, alone, with not more more suggestion to his being than his glowing yellow eyes.

“When she got near this nest, she stopped and faced the owl, who had turned from the light of the doorway and was peering at her with his great yellow eyes. Jeremy was nowhere to be seen. She could only hope he was still waiting on the limb outside.

“‘Now,’ said the owl, ‘you may state your problem.'”

May 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm 10 comments

Jeremy’s Flight

Apologies for such a late post! Well, this next one brings us on the journey Mrs. Frisby takes upon Jeremy’s back. Scary and exhilirating, it’s a trip a little mouse had never experienced before.

“…she felt the surge of power as the crow’s broad wings beat down against the air; this time is lasted longer for they were going higher than before. Then the beating became gentler as they leveled off, and then, to her alarm, it stopped altogether. What was wrong? The crow must have felt her grow tense, for suddenly from ahead she heard his voice:

‘An updraft,’ he said. ‘We’re soaring.'”

April 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

The Rats

Posted by: Julia Sonmi Heglund
Book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
(purchase on Amazon)

“There were a dozen of them, and at first she could not quite see what they were up to. Then she saw something moving, between them and behind them. It looked like a thick piece of rope, a long piece, maybe twenty feet. No. It was stiffer than rope. It was electric cable, the heavy, black kind used for outdoor wiring and strung on telephone poles.”

This is the first scene introducing the rats, and presents them in a mysterious way. Also curious is how the cat, Dragon, sleeps so soundly not too far away.

March 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm 4 comments

Mrs. Frisby and Jeremy

Posted by: Julia Sonmi Heglund
Book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
(purchase on Amazon)

“He was tied to the fence. A piece of something silvery – it looked like wire – was tangled around one of his legs; the other end of it was caught in the fence. Mrs. Frisby walked closer, and then she could see it was not wire after all, but a length of silver-colored string, probably left over from a Christmas package.”

This is the scene where Mrs. Frisby first meets Jeremy – the young crow who later brings her to a wise owl who introduces her to the rest of her journey.

I wasn’t sure what style I would approach this book with. In the end, I’ve come up with something still slightly new to me, so I hope you will bear as I experiment with multiple media and styles in one illustration!

February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am 4 comments

Julia Sonmi Heglund v. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

First of all, happy Groundhog Day! But really what I want to say is a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has spread the word about Picture Book Report and been enthusiastic about the project. I know it’s only just begun but to hear people from the design/illustration and book publishing realms get excited has made my week! I can’t wait for us to reveal even more as time goes on. For now though, let’s start with sharing some bios today, shall we? Say hello to Julia Sonmi Heglund!
illustrated by Julia Sonmi Heglund
  • Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! I’m Julia. I like spaghetti, dogs, and drawing. I work full-time as a graphic designer and cartographer by day, and freelance odd illustrations by night.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

I read this book many times in late elementary and middle school. The story has an engulfing balance of whimsy and drama, and underlying social analogies that I later came to appreciate. Besides that, I’ve owned pet rats for years, so of course I love any story that involves them! There are many visually descriptive scenes in the book that I think will translate well to a single illustration.


Julia is a talented illustrator and designer; heck, you might even own one of her many shirts from Threadless! Check out her portfolio to see more, but also don’t forget to see her first illustration on February 11th!

Next up, a certain Ultimate Question needs to be answered… I think only John Martz can!

February 2, 2010 at 10:00 am 2 comments


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