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Peg366 on Margot Finke’s Bounding for Book’s Tour.

Posted on: June 12, 2009

I am always looking for something new to read and learn from.


Illustrator Eugene Ruble

“Nothing Stops Noah
Guardian Angel Publishing
Age 3-9
Paperback 23 pages
ISBN 978-1-935137-19-1

Barnes & Noble
Pub. Guardian Angel


Also as an eBook
ISBN 978-1-935137-20-7

PUBLISHER: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc. (2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1-935137-19-1 (Print)
ISBN-10: 978-1-935137-20-7 (eBook)
RATING: 5 stars

REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker,
reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine
Can you imagine what might happen if a young boy is left alone in his grandfather’s pet shop? Noah needs money to buy his mother a present and decides to ask his grandfather, who owns a pet store, if he can have a job. Grandpa asks him if he can count, and Noah says yes (Noah can count to ten.). Noah’s job is to count the rawhide bones in the storeroom. There are a lot more than ten, so Noah counts to ten several times and has seven left over. When he tells Grandpa that he has counted tens and had seven left over, Grandpa misunderstands and rushes out to get some more before they open.

Noah’s job while Grandpa is gone is to feed the animals. But when he opens the cage to feed the mice, they dart into the kittens’ cage. When Noah opens the kittens’ cage to get the mice, two kittens spring out and head for the canary cage, which flies open to release the canaries, and another kitten tips over the goldfish tank. Noah opens the puppies’ cage to use the water bowl to catch the fish while the kittens chase the mice, and the puppies chase the kittens. Will Noah ever be able to get all the animals back into their cages before Grandpa gets back? And what will they do with all those extra rawhide bones?

Children, especially those who love animals, will absolutely adore Shari Lyle-Soffe’s exciting and suspenseful story, which is accompanied by the striking illustrations of Kevin Scott Collier. Any child, or adult for that matter, who has ever been involved in a series of accidental mishaps should be able to identify with Noah’s plight. And most of us who have had young ones can sympathize with the fact that “problems never stop Noah.” Also, parents who read the book to their youngsters or whose youngsters read the book may want to ask them if they can think of any connection between Noah’s name and the fact that his adventures take place in a pet shop. Nothing Stops Noah is a really great children’s picture book that I highly recommend.

And at the end of this tour, Shari will give away an autographed copy of Nothing Stops Noah to some lucky commenter.

** View the fun Book Trailer for
Nothing Stops Noah
Check out Shari’s many cool and informative Blogs. They offer writing advice, interviews, her current books, plus her series about Roother and Snuffle – two mischievous raccoons kids love – FREE coloring sheets too!

Now, let’s see what secrets I can winkle out of Shari:

1 – Please tell us why you write for children, and if you also have an upcoming book, as well as your current one.

I write for children because I love it and I have fond memories of being read to as a child. I currently have four books out, Nothing Stops Noah is the fourth. Book # five will be A Horse of Course.

2 – Do you usually write about specific topics, or does a great idea for a story simply pop into your head?

Definitely pop, but I think all of my books are influenced by a desire to make us all be kinder to one another and to animals.

3 – What do you find is the easiest way to sell your books – school visits, library visits, bookstore signings, or some other way?

Bookstore signings and personal contact with people I know.

4 – Do you consciously choose story themes that you know will sell, or just write what is in your heart?

I write what is in my heart.

5 – Are your friends and relatives thrilled you are published – or couldn’t care less?

Yes, I think some of them are thrilled, others not so much. I can tell you I am thrilled.

6- When eBook Readers eventually fall in price, do you think e-Books will become far more popular – after all, they can hold dozens of books – musical as well as voice.

Absolutely! I would buy one now if I could afford it. I am hopeful that they will not only be cheaper, but will support color illustrations as well. It will happen. New technology is usually scoffed at in the beginning.

7 – Would you ever ask a writing friend to recommend you to their agent?

Never! I don’t think it would be appropriate.

8 – Do you feel that Blogging helps you sell your books? I hope so, but it is hard to know.

I keep trying to improve my blogging and attract the people who would be interested in buying my books…what more can you do?

Thanks Shari, for sharing your insights and your wonderful children’s books with us.

And that WRAPS up our
“Bounding for Books” Tour!
Thanks to all who read my Blog entries, and
commented, as well as those who did the
same for the other participating

2 Responses to "Peg366 on Margot Finke’s Bounding for Book’s Tour."

Peg, in the final week of the “Bounding for Books” tour. your comment won a FREE Audio of me reading one of my stories.

I need an e-mail address so I can send you the link.

Margot Finke

I can’t wait to hear it.


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