Loving Living: Some Helpful Tips For A Better World And A Happier Life

Saturday, May 31, 2008.

This episode of Just One More Book!! is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Marcel Boudreau, a man who not only knew how to live a happy life, but helped others understand how to live their own happy lives. He made this a better world. We miss you, Marcel.

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier LifeAuthor: Rebecca Doughty
Illustrator: Rebecca Doughty
Published: 2008 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375842721

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Life is sweet and short and moves so fast, sometimes we need a cheeky little book like this to remind us to stop to live and love our lives.

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You can find the lyrics for “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”, by Baz Lurhman, here.

A Panting Play-by-Play: A Day in the life of Murphy

Friday, May 30, 2008.

A Day in the life of MurphyAuthor: Alice Provensen
Illustrator: Alice Provensen
Published: 2003 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416918000

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If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in the mind of a yipping, sniffing, hustling, jumping, manic terrier — wonder no more! This classically simple, hilarious book tells all.

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More Dogs on JOMB:

Can you guess who made this Love of Reading illustration?

Thursday, May 29, 2008.

Love of Reading - Oliver JeffersWe continue to receive fantastic illustrations for our Love of Reading Gallery, and have even spied a sneak preview of a work in progress by one illustrator. Yesterday, we were surprised when we received the illustration that appears at the right of this post. Can you guess who created it?

Don’t forget to stop in to our Love of Reading Gallery to see the great artwork that’s on display for everyone to enjoy.

Love of Reading - BaylaLove of Reading - Lucy Love of Reading - David SmithLove of Reading - MeganLove of Reading - Emerson

Orchestrating Inspiration: Lady Liberty – A Biography

Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Lady Liberty: A BiographyAuthor: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763625302

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Stunningly warm, intimate illustrations and eleven candid first person accounts capture the crescendo of Lady Liberty’s creation, from idea to unveiling, and give us an enduring appreciation for the landmark, her creators and the many lives she has touched.

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You can learn more about the process of illustrating this book here.

Interview with David Schwartz

Monday, May 26, 2008.

David Schwartz with popcornWe generally expect children’s books to educate and entertain children. It’s a special book that inspires a child to experiment and explore the world around them. It takes an author that conducted experiments during their own childhood, experiments like measuring the length of a frog and the distance of its hop to figure out how far a human with frog legs could hop. It takes an author that’s willing to count and pop one hundred thousand kernels of popcorn to demonstrate big numbers.

Our guest on this edition of Just One More Book!! is David Schwartz, author of fifty books including How Much is a Million — which inspired our two daughters to count to five hundred during a walk prior to this interview — and Cybils non-fiction finalist Where in the Wild.

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Photo from davidschwartz.com.

Heartwarming Silliness: Sleepover Larry

Saturday, May 24, 2008.

Sleepover LarryAuthor: Daniel Manus Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jill Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453148

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Grease your muffin tins and defrost your blueberries, it’s time for another adventure in friendship and frivolity as two thrillingly familiar polar bears let the good times roll at Larry’s first ever sleepover.

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Announcing our Love of Reading Gallery

Friday, May 23, 2008.

Love of Reading - Lee Edward FodiWe have been receiving submissions for our Love of Reading illustration event — a part of our 2nd anniversary/400th episode celebrations that will take place in July.

We are currently preparing to interview our contributors. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce the launch our…

Love of Reading Gallery

…so that everyone can enjoy the great illustrations.

Love of Reading - Siri Weber FeeneyLove of Reading - Katie DavisLove of Reading - Deborah ZemkeLove of Reading - Bob StaakeLove of Reading - Rebecca Gavney Driscoll
Illustrators of all backgrounds are invited to submit a logo-like illustration that can be resized nicely and featured on our website for everyone to enjoy. Illustrators submitting artwork will be invited to be guests of Just One More Book!! to talk about their design, the creative process and how their submission helps to promote a love of reading.We ask that all submissions be emailed to justonemorebook@gmail.com in JPG, PNG or GIF format, 500×500 pixels on or before June 15, 2008. Let us know if you have any questions.

Folktale Fusion: Love and Roast Chicken (A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains)

Friday, May 23, 2008.

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes MountainsAuthor: Barbara Knutson
Illustrator: Barbara Knutson
Published: 2004 Carolrhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575056577

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A spunky free-ranging guinea pig hero, an equally lovable, gullible villain and the happy mash-up of several familiar folk tales make this gorgeously illustrated trickster tale a story worth repeated re-enactment in the schoolyard with friends (really!).

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We’re a “Best of the Blogs” Finalist

Thursday, May 22, 2008.

We discovered yesterday that we’ve become finalists for the 2007 Best of the Blogs: Podcasting category. How Nice!

Thanks to Susan at Chicken Spaghetti, who nominated us in the first place, and to any of you who happened to have voted for us during the first round!

If you feel like voicing your opinion, you can vote here.

And you can voice your support for the most deserving Chicken Spaghetti here.

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Pleasantly Perplexing: Happy as a Tapir

Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

Happy As A TapirAuthor: Terry Carbone
Illustrator: Keith DuQuette
Published: 1992 Viking Juvenile (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670842273

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Rich, imaginative illustrations and generous, poetic text present an endearing fantasy that leaves us pondering issues of identity, purpose, contentment, control and choice.

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You can peek inside this book, here.

Naomi’s tree book launch with Joy Kogawa and Ruth Ohi

Monday, May 19, 2008.

Ruth Ohi and Joy Kogawa unveil Naomi's TreeOn May 8, 2008, The Japan Foundation in Toronto, Canada, hosted the launch of Naomi’s Tree, a picture book about friendship written by Joy Kogawa and illustrated by Ruth Ohi. It was a fascinating event that included a display of the real sketches and final artwork for the book.

We were there with our audio recorder running. We captured Joy Kogawa’s introduction of the book and Ruth Ohi’s explanation of the illustration process and then a demonstration of her technique.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, excerpts of the book launch event and an interview with Joy Kogawa and Ruth Ohi.

Thank you very much to Ken Bole, President of The Canada Japan Society, for making us aware of this event.

Click here to view our photos of the event.

Flowers, Philanthropy and Freedom: Priscilla and the Hollyhocks

Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Priscilla and the HollyhocksAuthor: Anne Broyles
Illustrator: Anna Alter (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570916756

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Creamy, rounded illustrations and smooth southern narration tell the heartbreaking yet hopeful, true tale of a young girl who survived isolation, slavery and exile with the help of her wits, her mother’s memory and the kindness of a stranger.

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You can learn more about the forced Cherokee relocation and the Trail of Tears here.

You can learn more about the process of illustrating this book here.

 
 

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