I was lucky to catch up with Margot Finke, a busy author of wonderfully crafted children’s books. She is currently touring three of her recently released books, Taconi and Claude: Double Trouble, Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind, and Horatio Humble Beats the Bid “D”.
Finke is an Aussie transplant to America who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. Margot did not begin serious writing until the day her youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day.
Margot said: "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes!"
Margot knew young readers, even reluctant ones, like rhyming books and she was lucky enough to have the rhyme gene embedded in her bones, as she puts it. Margot also understood that kids also love animals. “It seemed logical to combine the two. After a long and involved labor (lots of pain and writing contractions) I gave birth to my “Wild and Wonderful Series,” said Margot.
Her first books, a 7x book rhyming series, it offers fun facts about animals from the US and Australia.
“Educational and fun, eBooks can be read on a computer, laptop, or various color e-Readers. They are great for classroom or home-schooling moms. Remember, kids today are computer savvy, and ALL 11 of my books (both hard copy and eBooks) can be viewed on Margot’s Magic Carpet,,” states Margot.
I have had the opportunity to read Margot’s books. I found them entertaining and engaging not only for children, but also for us parents as well.
Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind is a rhyming picture book. Ruthie becomes a brat when her parents move far from home. Her parents tear their hair. Ruthie just scowls and throws tantrums. What is the problem and how will her parents teach Ruthie to accept change? Then a wonderful surprise changes everything for the better.
Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D” is another rhyming picture book. In this book, Horatio is a smart boy who cannot read. When he hears the word Dyslexia, he refuses to try Special Ed Class. Nevertheless, go he does and the results are amazing.