Preschool Perfection: Sitting on the Farm

Friday, August 31, 2007.

Sitting on the FarmAuthor: Bob King
Illustrator: Bill Slavin (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550741497

Imaginative, engaging illustrations and plenty of predictable, belt-it-out repetition rendered our copy of this sing-along comedy a ragged but treasured relic of the fleeting toddler years.

Vim, Villainy and Vocabulary: Carmine, A Little More Red

Wednesday, August 29, 2007.

Carmine: A Little More RedAuthor: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Published: 2005 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618387943

Combine twenty-six meaty new words, a sprinkling of fairy tale characters, one talented young artist, forty pages of gorgeous watercolours and an irresistably spunky dog and “voila!” an exciting new rendition of the Red Riding Hood theme. Bones optional.

Interview with Lee German

Monday, August 27, 2007.

Photo of the Sylvan Dell familyWhat do Junior Rangers, scientific facts, children’s books and military service have in common?

On this edition of Just One More Book, Lee German talks about the origins of Sylvan Dell Publishing, what makes their books unique, and how his wife provided the motivation and his military service the skills to become a children’s book publisher.

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Permission to Dream: Clara and Senor Frog

Saturday, August 25, 2007.

Clara and Senor FrogAuthor: Campbell Geeslin
Illustrator: Ryan Sanchez
Published: Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375836136

Luminous with colour, character and unusual details, this simple story of step family shuffling reminds us that working to understand another can sometimes help us understand ourselves.

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A Recipe for Resolution: Enemy Pie

Friday, August 24, 2007.

Enemy PieAuthor: Derek Munson
Illustrator: Tara Calahan King (on JOMB)
Published: Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 081182778X

What takes more courage than agreeing to spend an entire day with your number one enemy? Not much. This peppy parable proposes a plucky new approach to sticky social situations.

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Of Intimidation and Imagination: The Crow

Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

The CrowAuthor: Alison Paul
Illustrator: Alison Paul
Published: Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618663800

Captivating collage and haunting yet hip verse demonstrate the fear and folly of fleeting first impressions.

Interview with Margriet Ruurs

Monday, August 20, 2007.

Margriet RuursFor some people, the enjoyment of reading books isn’t enough. Even writing books doesn’t fill the void. For them, they want to spread the love of books and the connections that they can create.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Margriet Ruurs who says that what she likes most is getting children excited about reading good books. She’s certainly done her share to move that along. Besides writing children’s books including My Librarian is a Camel, Ms. Ruurs is the force behind three literacy initiatives:

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Elinor and Violet: The Story of Two Naughty Chickens

Saturday, August 18, 2007.

Elinor and Violet: The Story of Two Naughty ChickensAuthor: Patti Beling Murphy
Illustrator: Patti Beling Murphy
Published: 2001 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316910880

The only thing more titillating than a relatively good chicken sneakily undertaking pathetically mild misbehavior is an obnoxiously bad chicken brashly executing blatlantly bigtime misbehavior. This terrific book boasts both!

The Planned Prodigy: Baby Brains (The smartest baby in the whole world)

Friday, August 17, 2007.

Baby BrainsAuthor: Simon James
Illustrator: Simon James
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636827

Hilariously understated body language and text tell a tale of in utero education gone wild in this entertaining poke at the modern, ambitious parent.

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Inspiration Lost and Found: Emma’s Rug

Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

Emma's RugAuthor: Allen Say
Illustrator: Allen Say
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618335234

This thought-provoking tale of talent and torment invites us to ponder the source of creativity and offers a rare and respectful glimpse into the depths of the gifted child.

For more books about art, artists and imagination,
check out Deborah Freedman‘s webpage.

You can learn about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted children here.

Interview with Nancy Russell

Monday, August 13, 2007.

Nancy RussellBaseball; it’s one of those magical sports that’s been written about in every genre of literature. And with Barry Bonds having broken Hank Aaron’s coveted home run record, it’s a hot topic of discussion these days.

So Long, Jackie Robinson is a fantastic young reader book by Nancy Russell that weaves an endearing story of a young English boy who moves to Montreal Quebec just in time to take a front row seat for Jackie Robinson’s rise to baseball superstardom beginning with the Montreal Royals. It’s a book that everyone can enjoy — even reluctant readers.

On this episode of Just One More Book, CBC journalist and author Nancy Russell tells us about her involvement in The Field of Broken Dreams project and her book So Long, Jackie Robinson.

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Supertaster’s Choice: The Luck of The Loch Ness Monster — A Tale of Picky Eating

Friday, August 10, 2007.

The Luck of The Loch Ness Monster -- A Tale of Picky EatingAuthor: A. W. Flaherty
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Published: 2007 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618556443

Cheeky cartoon characters set in splendid sepia scenes join playful, matter-of-fact narration to solve two mysteries: Where did the Loch Ness Monster originate? and How on earth can my child detect a dash of nutmeg in a four gallon batch of rice pudding?

Other books mentioned:

More info about Supertasters can be found here.


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