It’s So Cute

Linda Sachs Author Interview

What A Muck follows a young child who encounters several mishaps while trying to be helpful and learns a valuable lesson in the process. What was the inspiration for your story?

Actually, this book is based on 2 true events. The roll away car happened over 35 years ago and my father really did run like lightning. Everyone was fine in that story too. The other incident happen pretty much how it reads in the book, just the timing and setting are different. Every time my grandson hears this part of the book he says, “Do you remember when that happened to us Nana?” It’s so cute. I was inspired to retell the story to help children learn car safety in an entertaining way.

The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Katrina Sachs?

Thank you! Katrina and I had a lot of back and forth. My book took many revisions to finish. Even my character name changed from Max to Drew, because it was easier to find words to rhyme with Drew, and it’s gender neutral. Since I wanted Drew to be gender neutral I asked Katrina to make the character that way too. We also decided to bring the car and truck to ‘life’ to add some humour to the serious storyline. Beyond that, I let Katrina have freedom to create. She has a fine eye for detail and perfectly captures the essence of a story. My daughter is patient and great to work with.

What educational aspects were important for you to include in this children’s book?

This was my first attempt to write in rhythm and rhyme. It was important for me to see this through, because when a book is entertaining and easy to read it helps build confidence and develop a love for books. I think the message in this book is as much for children as it is for care givers. Vehicles are not a toy and children need to know that it’s important to ask questions when unsure how something works. Adults need to take precautions to keep everyone safe.

What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?

My next book is called, No More Stuff. In this book, hopefully children will think about their personal space and see how they can help reduce their foot print in the world when it comes to celebration time. There’s a catchy verse that goes to the tune of, How much wood can a wood chuck chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood. I think children will have fun repeating it. The main character will take us on their journey to learn a new way of thinking, and in the end take the lead to help their family reduce their foot print too. I plan to publish No More Stuff in April 2023.

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When a child watches you, then tries to do it too, know that trouble may ensue.

In this children’s picture book, young Drew has good intentions of helping. The day begins with thoughts of having fun, but quickly things are turned upside down. Drew has been watching Papa and Mom, and now a CLICK and a CLUNK have them all in a muck.

Can watching big people help fix a problem too? Can Drew know what to do in time to save Papa’s truck?

Find out in this fun to read a rhyming story. Filled with wonderful and expressive illustrations featuring a comical car and truck. If they could talk, Drew’s day may have turned out much differently.

Learn from Drew what not to do before it happens to you!

Attentive Children

This book showcases the obvious, that children watch our every move. Children learn to speak from listening – every right and wrong word we say. They learn about the world around them through instruction and from watching you.
Drew observes Mom and knows what one button inside her car can do. Maybe? The first attempt to be helpful begins the day’s troublesome journey. We learn lessons through trial and error, but Drew hopes your child will learn from the mistakes made in What a Muck.
One reader wrote: “This book is great for sparking a conversation even when we have good intentions, things can go the wrong way. It touches on how we can all make mistakes in life, which is ok because it allows us to learn and grow. “What a Muck” is a sweet rhyming colourful picture book that takes you on a day in life of a young boy named Drew who has a series of unfortunate events happen when all he wants to do is be a good helper.”

Rhyming

A good book doesn’t have to rhyme, but a good rhyming book serves an important purpose. Rhyme helps aid in a child’s language and reading development. It teaches verbal and memory skills. When a child hears pitch and rhythm, they are developing listening and attention skills. When a book is easy and fun, a child builds confidence in the ability to recite it. This leads to more reading. When reading is fun to hear or listen to, your child develops important academic skills, all the while being entertained.

Gender Identity

Drew is gender neutral. The author intentionally does not refer to Drew as he or she so the reader can relate to the character as they like.

About the Author

Linda Sachs writes books children and caregivers can relate to and will want to read often. She understands the importance of reading to children and developing books that children can read themselves. Some times it just takes one good book to spark the love for reading, and your child is off to a world of imagination and growth.

Linda thanks a school librarian and her intuitiveness to know how to spark the love of reading. She has been writing for many years, and recently entered the publishing world with her debut children’s picture book No More Pets. You can follow Linda on social media, her website, https://lindasachs.com and join her VIP newsletter. She would love to hear from you.
She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and dreams of writing more fun books for children.

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