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Book Review: Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” by Margot Finke

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Many school children are diagnosed with dyslexia every year. Parents are often completely lost not knowing how to handle such devastating news.

If you are a parent or teacher looking for a way to talk to a child about dyslexia I highly recommend reading Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D”.

Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” is a fun rhyming book written by Margot Finke. Margot is a talented author who has a unique ability to write in beautiful rhyme. In this delightful book, the author tackles a very serious subject in a fun and easy to read story.

Dealing and understanding dyslexia is not easy, but Horatio’s story offers hope that plausible solutions are possible. The story details ways that all children with dyslexia can overcome the disability with help from teachers and supportive parents.

The illustrations, masterfully done by Ellen Gurak, capture quite well the emotional up and down Horatio goes through upon learning about his dyslexia.

Lastly, the author provides two pages of reference material included at the back of the book. A parent with a dyslexic child will find the resource very informative. I am sure parents and children will be encouraged to learn that Bill Gates and Albert Einstein overcame dyslexia along with famous actors such as Tom Cruise and Orlando Bloom.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.
  • Nancy Stewart

    I taught elementary school for thirteen years and saw firsthand the debilitating outcomes of some children suffering from Dyslexia. Cudos to Margot for her much needed book and to Nicole for the review.

  • Hi Nancy,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Appreciate it greatly!

    Nicole Weaver

  • I read Horatio Humble and it’s a wonderful and very useful book for teachers, parents, and children.

  • Hi karen,

    You are so right! This book is a real gem!

    Nicole Weaver

  • kathy stemke

    Thanks for the great review of Margot Finke’s book. Teachers will appreciate this book to open conversation about this important subject. Thanks Margot-you hit this one out of the park.

  • Hi Kathy,

    Margot certainly did hit this one out of the park. Well penned! She is so darn talented. We are all very blessed indeed to know her. Thanks a mil for stopping by!

    Kind regards,
    Nicole Weaver
    Author- Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

  • Great review, Nicole. Margot certainly has quite a talent for writing in rhyme. I’m sure this book is great fun and helpful as well.

  • Connie,

    I confer with you! Margot is extremely talented when it comes to writing in rhyme. Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it greatly!

    Nicole Weaver
    Children’s Author
    Marie and her Friend the sea Turtle

  • Andrew

    Its sad to think so many children and adults that are not diagnosed can’t full fill their true potential. It sad because most dyslexics have a great imagination and originality in what they do.