Written By: Margot Finke
Illustrated By: Award winner Kevin Scott Collier
Website: Margot Finke’s World of Writing for Children
Always happy to chat about books & writing
Margot Finke is an Aussie who writes mid grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in
Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Husband Alan is supportive, though not interested in children's books. Their three children are now grown and doing very well.
Early on, a great deal of writing help and mentoring came Margot’s way. Payback for this comes in the form of her Website, her 2x Blogs, and her Musings Column. As well as promoting her children’s books, all four sites offer lots of free advice and guidance for beginning writers. “I am always thrilled when a critique client of mine has one of their books accepted.”
“You are my Heroes!”
Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their 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!”
ISBN – eBook: 13: 978-1-935137-24-5
ISBN – Print: 13: 978-1-935137-00-9
Format: Picture book for ages 4 – 9 years
A good choice for “reluctant reader.”
Rattlesnake Jam is a rhyming romp, with crazy old Gran and Pa arguing over how to cook up the rattlers he catches. Gran wants to boil and bottle them into her cure-all Rattlesnake Jam, but Pa longs for a rattlesnake pie. Suggested age for readers 5-12 especially boys.
Book Review –
by Mayra Calvany –for Blogcritics.com
Rattlesnake Jam is a hilariously funny children’s picture book about an old couple who share an irresistible affection for rattlesnakes. There’s only one problem: While Pa would rather have the rattlesnakes turned into fritters or pie, old Gran prefers them turned into jam… disgustingly green, sweetened, gooey rattlesnake jam!
Colliers’s colorful, wacky illustrations complement Finke’s humorous rhyme perfectly. Gran is grossly comical with her toothless grin, warts, bell pepper nose, and tough exterior. The reader will feel sorry for Pa, who seems completely under Gran’s control. The book has 28 pages in all, and each story page has an illustration with a short text at the bottom—a two or four line rhyme, like this one:
Drop in chunky slices, stir well with a spoon.
Add mysterious spices! Gran hummed a wild tune.
The way to Gran’s heart was through rattlers galore—
Making rattler jam bubble, ‘till it flowed on the floor.
The song-like cadence will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Snakes are reptiles that inspire both fear and fascination, especially in children, and it was clever of the author to use them as victims instead of villains in this book. This is a fine addition to Finke’s series of rhyming books about animals. Whimsical and amusing, Rattlesnake Jam is one of those books young children will beg their parents to read to them again and again.
Blogs, Websites & Magazines to Advertise and or Review Books
- Blogsites that focus on books for boys
- Magazines that target boys
- Camping magazines
- Parenting magazines
Stores & Places to Stock Books for Sale
- Natural History Museums
- Rattesnake Round Ups (Many states in the midwest & south hold them). Stores in those areas
- Snake houses - recreational places
- Visitors bureaus & camp site stores, in areas known for having rattlesnakes
Website Promotion Tools
- Downloads - tip sheets on rattlesnake bite treatments, venom uses, history exercises on snakes veneration and uses in societies
- Free temporary Tattoos for SASE
- Look at boy scout badges & see how to market books to them
- Contest giveaway - rubber snakes, snakes in a can gag, snake key chains
- Rattlesnake trivia
- Rattlesnake links
- Contest - for anyone that can send in a receipt for purchasing a book enter their name in a drawing
- How to make a snake charm craft, salt dough recipe for making a snake, make a snake from Dad's socks..
By Margot Finke
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