Melissa Abramovitz has been a freelance writer/author for 30 years. She’s the author of hundreds of magazine articles for all age groups, from preschoolers through adults; more than 40 educational books for children and teenagers; numerous poems and short stories; the children’s picture books ABCs of Health and Safety and Helping Herbie Hedgehog; and a book for writers titled A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines. Melissa graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in psychology and is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a member of SCBWI, NABE, and The Working Writer’s Club.
She's currently touring the blogosphere and promoting her latest picture book, Helping Herbie Hedgehog.
"Since the book involves everyday activities, it wasn’t difficult to think of different scenarios for each concept I present. Getting places, doing household chores, going shopping, engaging in different sports activities, and visiting various types of businesses are things we all do, and I just infused these activities with the silly choices the main character had to make to drive the story forward. I think the really time-consuming part was getting the rhymes perfect as far as meter and perfectly rhyming words are concerned. That part is always challenging for those of us who write in rhyme. Sometimes I have to rewrite a stanza fifty times to get it right. I’m also aware that many editors dread receiving rhyming stories because they see so many with uneven meter, poorly rhyming words, and phrases constructed awkwardly to make them rhyme. So I’m always careful to do rhyming stories right. It took me around two years of writing stanzas, setting them aside for days or weeks, and coming back to them to revise them, before I considered the book ready to submit to publishers."
About the Book
Herbie has places to go and things to do. But he needs some help ‘cause he hasn’t a clue! If you’ll help Herbie decide what’s right and wrong, he’ll be busy and happy the whole day long! Herbie the clueless hedgehog needs help figuring out how to get places and go about his day. Amusing delightful rhymes invite kids to give helpful advice while learning about everyday things in this early chapter book/picture book. Should Herbie ride his bicycle to visit his cousin who lives across the ocean? Will his TV set cook a meal? He really needs these kids’ help! Recommended for ages 2-7.
Title: Helping Herbie Hedgehog
Genre: Children’s picture book/early chapter book
Author: Melissa Abramovitz
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing