margie palatini

Childrens book author and illustrator

My Inspiration

Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes Inspiration Equation

I’ve always been fascinated and in absolute awe of the funny inventiveness of Rube Goldberg. His clever convoluted thinking for making a simple solution complicated has even earned him a place in the dictionary! Making a ‘Rube Goldberg’ has been used in everything from TV commercials to movies – like in the opening scene of BACK TO THE FUTURE. (And who hasn’t played MOUSETRAP?)

So when the opportunity came to write a companion book for EARTHQUACK! and THE THREE SILLY BILLIES, the idea of a mash up between a classic Aesop Fable like THE FOX AND THE GRAPES and some Rube Goldberg silliness seemed a natural formula for fun.

Toss in some distinct sounding dialogue for the character of the fox inspired by some pop culture icons of the day, and “Voila” – GRAPES!

My character, Trudie Marks – Lab Coat Girl – figures out the ‘Inspiration Equation’ like this: