Storyrider Books was conceived of by a creative guy who remembers his elementary school teacher reading books to him. What he doesn’t recall are the actual stories being read; he was too busy creating his own story based on the picture book illustrations he saw. This experience and others served as the seed and inspiration for Storyrider Books’ Pop-in-Pop-out Illustrated Storybooks®.
Mike explains, “As I began to imagine an easy-to-handle storybook that would give the child creative control of the storyline, I realized this was the book I would have loved to have as a child. I’m challenged by dyslexia, which went undiagnosed during my school days. My parents and many teachers thought I was lazy, but as I look back — there was nothing lazy about me! Always the first up and out of the house, I built tree forts, tunnels, and rocket ships. Like most kids, I could create a world from a handful of sticks and found objects — I just couldn’t write about it. I had trouble reading simple words, such as when or what. I never thought I was stupid, but just focused on the world that I could create and not the world I couldn’t understand.”
Mike’s endeavors as inventor, artist and entrepreneur have occurred both in the U.S. and abroad, including work as a restaurateur, carpenter and house-builder, producer of steel sculptures, and shoe inspector.
His current pursuit “Storyrider Books” — is one of the most challenging and rewarding yet. The Pop-in-Pop-out Illustrated Storybooks project encapsulates so many of my interests and fulfills a fundamental requirement of mine: It has the potential to help others, especially children, in a big way and supports the creative talents with which each of us is born.