Monday, May 18, 2009

Rattlesnake Jam by Margo Finke - Book Review

Title: Rattlesnake Jam
Written by: Margot Finke
Illustrated by: Kevin Scott Collier
Ages: 5-12
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-935137-00-9
Published: May 2008
Hardcover: 27 pages
Price: $10.95

Without a doubt jam lovers will be shocked to hear of the concoction, Rattlesnake Jam. Why would anyone even attempt such a recipe? Let alone actually eat it. Old Gran, that’s who. Much to the chagrin of Pa, he’d reluctantly go rattlesnake hunting to provide old Gran with her ingredients for her latest scam. Even though he knew he wouldn’t get his long awaited rattlesnake pie.

Curiosity fills the kids from the village and they spy on old Gran in hopes of discovering what she was up to now. Using them as her testers, she offers them up spoonfuls of rattlesnake brew, until she finally comes up with her Rattlesnake Jam.

To the amazement of Pa, “Gran sold off her mixture to folks near and far.”

Kevin Scott Collier’s illustrations bring Rattlesnake Jam to a life in comical and colorful scenes, which will surely mesmerize the youngest to the oldest.

Margot Finke’s beyond your imagination writing will have you chuckling out loud. Written in rhyme and well-metered verse, this wonderfully written tale may just convince everyone to stock up on Rattlesnake Jam.

Margot Finke is a transplanted Aussie who writes mid-grade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. Visit Margot at: to learn more about her exciting writing career and services.

Kevin Scott Collier is a Christian youth fiction book author and illustrator. Explore his techno-colored world at:
Book Review by: Donna M. McDine


  1. Thanks for sharing your review. Margot is indeed a very talented writer. I haven't read this one yet, but most definitely will. It is really a perfect pairing to have Kevin illustrating her books - he is so talented.


  2. Thanks for bringing my attention to this book! I haven't heard of it yet, and it sounds great. My daughter loves jam (it's the only part of toast she'll eat) and she loves the book Jamberry, so I'll have to check out Margot's book.

  3. I love Margot Finke books. Now I have to get this one. Thanks for the review.

  4. Great review, Donna! Every time I see this cover, I get a chuckle!

    All the best,


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