Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Review - Ruthie & the Hippo's Fat Behind

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat BehindRuthie & the Hippo’s Fat Behind
BY: Margot Finke
PUBLISHED BY: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-059-0
EBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-060-6
Pages: 16
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

After moving to a new town, the always nice girl, Ruthie, changed into a grumpy kid. Her moods were no longer happy, but were now ugly. Her parents don’t understand what is wrong with her, but Ruthie knows. She misses her friends and the life that she left behind. Its not just her attitude that changes, but Ruthie appearance changed too. She wore pants that wrinkled around her knees, her socks were mismatched, and she stopped brushing her hair. Ruthie no longer respected her parents, and said ‘no’ to them when they asked for help with something, and ignored her chores. Can Ruthie find happiness in her new life? Will she find a friend?

Sometimes adults forget that that children has emotions too, like with Ruthie. She is an angry little girl because she was ripped from the life and the friends that she has known. That is a big event for child and parents should look for signs of emotional trauma and help them get through the adjustments of moving. The author, Margot Finke, has cleverly written Ruthie & the Hippo’s Fat Behind, and has created a character, Ruthie, that every child can relate too. I recommend the book to all parents and kids.

About the Author

Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband is very supportive, and their three children are now grown and doing very well.

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!"

Her first books, a 7x book rhyming series, "Wild and Wonderful," 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.


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  1. Great review. Sounds like a good book. I am a GFC follower and liked the FBook page (My Life. One Story at a Time.) Please enter me. I am hosting a give away on my blog and would love to have to check it out. Donna



  2. Thanks for the kind words Donna. I checked, and Diary of an Emotional Prostitute sounds like a powerful read.

    You enclosed an e-mail addy, so right now I will send you a copy of my fun, time-travel e-book adventure for kids - enjoy! It includes all 3 characters from the three books I am touring at the moment.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Books With a WOW Factor

  3. I want to thank Billy for hosting me today, and for reviewing my rhyming picture book, "Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind." There is also a helpful parent-teacher guide at the back of the book.

    Kids today must deal with many huge changes - divorce, a death, or just a move away from family and friends. I wrote this as a fun story kids could identify with and be helped by.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Books With a WOW Factor

  4. This sounds like a great book. My kids would love it! Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book! Thanks so much for the giveaway:)

    I am a GFC follower: Julie Witt

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  6. Thanks so much for your comments Julie and Margaret.

    I am sending off your FREE copies of my kid's time-travel e-book right now. It features characters from all 3 books I am touring with, and was great fun to write. Enjoy!!

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Books With a WOW Factor


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