Meet the Author  Tommy Piolata

I am is the father of four children and six grandchildren who lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is a Buckeyes fan. An Ohio University graduate, I love to see people laugh — especially children — and that was the major impetus in writing my first book.

It all started with a saying I used to have fun with in my youth. Since I have not matured much over the years, I still use many of those phrases. The one phrase that has always stuck with me is “I’m as good as the five frogs on biscuit bay.” And with my family, I had the perfect setup.

I was blessed with five beautiful grandchildren when I started writing the book. But I ended up with up with six and, when you read the book, you can find out about the sixth grandchild. All six are the main characters in the story, along with other members of my family. Also included is Millie, my oldest daughter’s precious dog. And my son Tommy, played by the character Tombo (who is the SPIRIT or GUARDIAN ANGEL of the forest).

I hope The Five Frogs on Biscuit Bay will show you the value of children and adults embracing courage, friendship and especially the importance and love in family. This is a story of imagination but also the power of miracles.

I want to thank God for giving us the gift of His Creation and our Creativity. Please enjoy!

—    Tommy Piolata

Meet the Artist  David Cuccia

“From the moment I picked up a pencil, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!” It’s a simple statement that reaffirms David Cuccia’s love for illustration, which began at the age of 6 years old.

Now semi-retired from the field of commercial illustration and graphic design, David has turned his attention to writing and illustrating children’s books, published in English and Italian versions.

His first book in 2011, entitled There’s a Crazy Dog Under the Palace!, was followed by the 2015 sequel, Who Ate the Gelato?!, and the success of both books fulfills his childhood dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. With the stories and art based on his rescued black lab Jasmine and set in Palermo, Sicily, David found a wealth of material, allowing him to develop a series of books which will culminate in the third and final chapter, Topo and the Second Chance Circus, to be published in early 2020.