Jane Finch - Author

Freelance writer and children's writer

The Chicken Farm FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

The Chicken Farm: Book 1 in the Chickens Laugh Out Loud Series will definitely make your young child laugh. The illustrations are very well done and the story is easy for a child to follow, understand and enjoy. The rhyming adds interest for the child reader and allows them to eagerly try to find the matching rhyming word that might be used, a learning experience to see how many words they can come up with. My five-year-old granddaughter and I used my Kindle to read The Chicken Farm over and over; each time laughing, learning and spending quality time together sharing. Jane Finch is a gifted writer with a special talent for entertaining a child. Jack Foster is a talented artist in making the illustrations fun, recognizable and appealing to a child. 

I believe this is a delightful book for any young child. I think the perfect age range is probably from age three to around five years old. It is exactly right for either a boy or a girl; both will find something that amuses and interests them. Each of the pages in The Chicken Farm is delightful. As a grandmother I really enjoyed sharing the experience and as far as my granddaughter was concerned it was a really “cool” book. We are both anxiously awaiting future books in the series and are sure we will be sharing more fun times with the series. I highly recommend The Chicken Farm: Book 1 in the Chickens Laugh Out Loud Series.

The Apple Tree  FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The chickens have been at the apples again in The Apple Tree: Chickens Laugh Out Loud: Book Two by Jane Finch. The chickens have planned their attack and they worked as a team. The apples began to pile up as they jumped on the branches and those on the ground got the first pickings. The chickens on the ground ate as if there were no tomorrow. They were so full that their tummies hurt. They felt ashamed and their heads were on the ground and their tail feathers were down. After a few hours they were chirpy and perky. What did they do after that? Read the story to find out.

The story is adorable and the illustrations by Jack Foster are wonderful, making the story palpable to young readers. It is fun to see the chickens getting into mischief and having sore tummies. The story is appealing not only because of the action and colorful illustrations but also because of the coloring pages at the end of the book. That makes the book fun and interactive and tutors can use it in classrooms for group activities and interactive sessions. It is a good book for young readers to own. Storybooks like this are fascinating for child readers; the colorful pictures and fun pages to color pull them into the book and will keep them occupied. I am sure readers will be waiting for the next book from this author to find out what the chickens are up to and their next bit of mischief.

Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly  FIVE STAR AWARD

Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly is an educational children’s book, written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Aysha Samrin. Feeling depressed, a young penguin is approached by a seagull and a sparrow. When they inquire as to what’s wrong, Pip tells them that he wishes he could fly. After receiving instructions on how easy it is, Pip tries to launch himself into the air, only to unceremoniously crash to the ground, causing both the seagull and sparrow to laugh at such a highly amusing sight. An owl approaches, having heard the laughter. When he asks what ails Pip, the owl listens, before explaining to all three birds that Pip does not have wings, which is why he cannot fly; instead, Pip has flippers, which enable him to not only swim, but also to catch fish underwater. After learning such a valuable lesson, Pip is now excited, and bids his three new friends a lovely day before disappearing for a refreshing swim.

Having read Jane Finch’s books on many occasions, it came as no surprise to me that Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly was so well written and beautifully illustrated. In many ways, the story mimics real life, in that in many instances, a child who is not good at one particular thing will find themselves mocked and ridiculed. It takes a mature and educated mind to see the picture from all angles, and when all parties were enlightened by the fact that Pip could swim underwater, it did not take long for the mocking to stop, with envy taking its place. Pip feeling special, after learning how many things that he can do, rather than focusing on what he can’t, not only makes Pip understand himself more thoroughly, but also lifts his self-esteem. I very much enjoyed Pip the Penguin Wants to Fly, and not only recommend it be read to all young readers aged 2-6, but also be enjoyed as a read-it-yourself learning guide to young children who take an interest in our feathered (and not-so-feathered) friends.

Pip the Penguin Saves Christmas FIVE STAR AWARD

The penguins love Christmas! They all have their scarves on and are ready for the morning fun to begin. When Pip looks at his fellow penguins, he sees nothing but sad faces. The penguins are missing something from their Christmas morning routine. Snow! Can Pip the Penguin take the other penguins' minds off not having snow, and create yet another happy Christmas? Let's find out.

Pip the Penguin Saves Christmas by Jane Finch is a fun and delightful pictorial book introducing young readers to the concept of a holiday routine, the winter season, and penguins. Children love penguins. They are cute, funny, and appear to be playing all the time as they slide around in the snow. Children can relate to them easily because penguins like to do much of the same things kids do in winter. Children often have a holiday routine each year, especially those who celebrate Christmas. When something is disrupted in that routine, a child can often become sad, much like the penguins in the story.

The author does a fantastic job keeping a child's attention with the exciting and delightful story plot and cute characters. Young readers will love the bright and colorful illustrations keeping them entertained throughout the entirety of the book. The book is recommended for ages 1 to age 6, age 6 being those who can read by themselves, so this book can be a beginner reader book. Adults may also enjoy reading this charming story to a young child at bedtime or during the holiday season.

Harry the Hip Hop Hippo FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Harry The Hip Hop Hippo by Jane Finch is the delightful story of Harry the Hippo who loves to dance. Unlike other hippos who like to splash in the water, bathe in the mud and soak up the heat, Harry loves to dance. But he is worried about what the other hippos will think if they learn about his dancing and so he keeps it a secret. He does not want the other hippos to laugh at him. Then a monkey invites Harry to boogie with him and they go to the jungle. And when all the animals start swaying to the music, Harry also starts to dance. What happens when the other hippos learn of Harry's dancing? Let's read the story to find out.

Harry The Hip Hop Hippo by Jane Finch is a a cute little story with a good message for young readers. One should never be afraid of doing something different or being different from others. The illustrations are eye-catching and lively and they breathe movement and life into the characters and the story. Children will enjoy the antics of the animals in the jungle as they dance and sway to the music. Harry's character is adorable and the jungle theme will fascinate kids. The monkey, the lion, the snakes, baboons and Harry dancing to the music set the mood and pace of the story. These kinds of stories are perfect as bedtime reads and are good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries.


Crazy Zoo FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Crazy Zoo by Jane Finch is a delightful story about a crazy zoo with some crazy inhabitants. The story opens with another day at the world's craziest zoo. All the animals and birds are enjoying the cool air at Zoo Park before it becomes hot and humid. Bridget the Brolga Bird thinks it is her responsibility to handle all the problems happening in the zoo. The animals are not allowed to speak to their keepers. Instead, they speak to Bridget and she makes sure that their problems are resolved. Bridget, with all her clever ideas, tries to keep the animals living there contented and happy.

Crazy Zoo is a wonderful book in many ways. It introduces kids to many new animals. The introduction on each animal is useful to learn a bit more about each one. Apart from that, kids are given a peek into daily zoo life. The story line connects all the zoo animals and birds together. The illustrations help kids comprehend the story better. Bridget's characterization is quite appealing. She is allowed to wander around in the park, listening to the chatter of parrots, and passing gossip to those who are curious to know more. Parents and grandparents can use this book as a good bedtime story book. It makes a lovely story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries. Children are taught about a lot of new things in a very interactive and playful way.

The Lonely Frog FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Lonely Frog by Jane Finch is the story of a pink frog who sits on a slimy green log all day long and is lonely and sad. He has only the river for company. The pink frog yearns for a mate and he has started to hate the silence and loneliness around him. He meets a young green frog damsel, but she is so beautiful that he knows his chances are not that great. Will he propose and live happily ever after?

The story is charming and adorable. The illustrations are interesting and bring the scenes and the characters alive, giving a good pace and movement to the story. Written in rhyming verses, the story is lyrical and has a good rhythm. It's an excellent bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The ending with the little green frogs with pink spots is charming and cute. 

This simple story speaks about the importance of having a companion in our lives and shows how the green frog brings meaning into the pink frog's life. Books with messages, concepts, and colorful illustrations will definitely fascinate young readers and this book is one of them. Kids will fall in love with the pink frog and his companion, the beautiful green frog, and the little green frogs with pink spots.

Twelve Days to Save Christmas  FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Grange Solicitors has never decorated its office for Christmas - no tree, no lights, no trimmings. In fact, the entire town of Berryfield has banned Christmas. You see, the mayor of Berryfield is a non-believer, a miserable old Scrooge who doesn't believe in celebrating anything, let alone Christmas. So when Jane, who works at Grange Solicitors, and Mary, the cleaning lady, team up to decorate the offices, the mayor notices too much happiness and sets about making everyone's life miserable. How? He bans pets of any kind from family homes. The town's inhabitants are unhappy and very angry, but not as much as Jane, who sets about making things right for not only the town, but also the miserable old mayor. You see, Jane is on a special mission, and Mary, who is a Finder, helps her. Their ultimate goal is to save Christmas and there's little time left to do so.

Jane Finch's young people's story, Twelve Days to Save Christmas, is a wonderful fable, a charming story for young readers about Christmas and the power of love and faith. She takes on the classic theme of a Scrooge-type character and expounds on the true meaning of the season. Each character has its place in the story, its place in life itself, and they all blossom with the unveiling of the magic of Christmas. This is more than a tale of Christmas miracles; it's a story with the power to change and make things right in the world, starting with making Christmas right. Very well done!

Squirrel Wars  FIVE STAR AWARD

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Squirrel Wars is an epic animal fantasy novel for children and young adults written by Jane Finch and illustrated by Frank Thomas. Rowan was a young red squirrel who had the most amazing dream late one morning. There was a gigantic acorn that housed within its side a tiny door, and squirrels were going in and out. Inside, there were tables loaded with all sorts of scrumptious treats, but then he saw them -- grey squirrels. They were much bigger than he was, and the largest of them was approaching him. As the situation got increasingly terrifying, Rowan was relieved to find that it was only a dream. His mother said it was because he slept too late into the day and that he should be out foraging with his brothers and sisters. When Rowan finally joined his siblings, he asked them if indeed an acorn could possibly grow to be as large as a mountain. Most of the squirrels who were nearby laughed at his question, but one whispered that there might be such acorns in Invader Country, but that he should beware the Grey Invaders. Rowan’s brother, Chestnut, yelled at Rowan when he wanted to know more about the Grey Invaders. They were something never to be spoken about; something to be feared.

Jane Finch’s epic animal fantasy for children and young adults, Squirrel Wars, is a well-written and absorbing tale about a colony of red squirrels who lived in mortal dread of the greys, who were larger and more vicious. In a drama worthy of Romeo and Juliet, Rowan meets a young female grey squirrel, and finds what they have in common is much greater than their differences. Their growing relationship is doomed, however, when the greys find out about it and imprison her. Rowan will risk all to save her, but the odds seem so overwhelmingly in the favor of the hostile and physically superior greys. Readers who are familiar with the real threats to the native red squirrel in Great Britain, whose existence is increasingly threatened by the larger grays and hybrid blacks, will feel a special connection to this story. There’s also the further message about bullying and the strength those who are bullied can summon up when they unite and ask for help. 

Squirrel Wars is suspenseful and action-packed, and Rowan’s coming of age as a young squirrel is marvelous indeed. Those with very young or impressionable younger children may want to pre-screen Squirrel Wars as there is violence and the inevitable loss of life that is the price of any war. As with Richard Adams’ classic animal fantasy, Watership Down, there’s drama, adventure, romance and battles to be found in Squirrel Wars. It’s a marvelous read for animal and nature lovers of all ages and it’s most highly recommended.