Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

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Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

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Have a Happy Hallowe’en!!

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Jeers, Cheers and Jeera: Treasure For Lunch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

Treasure for LunchAuthor: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator: Yvonne Cathcart
Published: 2000 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896764320

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Bhajias, samosas and imaginative snowy play are front and centre in this appetizing tale of friendship, acceptance and the perceived risk of being seen as different.

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More flavours of The East on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to editor/author Sandhya Nankani for telling us about Divali Rose (by Vashanti Rahaman and Jamel Akib).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Interview with Werner Zimmermann

Monday, October 27, 2008.

There’s no shortage of amazing people in the children’s book industry, and since Just One More Book!! is a mere two-and-a-quarter years-old, we’re still meeting people we’ve never heard of on a regular basis.

Werner (pron. Verner) Zimmermann is a children’s book author and illustrator, and a teacher of illustration and animation at Sheridan College.  I happened upon a conversation he was a part of at a recent event of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) held in Canada’s National Library and Archives in Ottawa.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Werner Zimmermann talks about using illustration to portray what we see, the role of illustrations and the children’s book illustrations as art.

Werner’s books include:

Happiness Even After: Angel Girl

Saturday, October 25, 2008.

titleValAuthor: Laurie Friedman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ofra Amit (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822587394

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Dark, heart wrenching yet beautiful images and aching, intimate first person narrative tell the true fictional tale of holocaust prisoner Herman Rosenblat and the young girl who saved his life, twice.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author/illustrator Lee Edward Fodi for telling us about Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation (by Avi).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Feast for Phantoms: One Witch

Friday, October 24, 2008.

One WitchAuthor: Laura Leuck
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Walker Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0802777295

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A ghastly cast of grinning graveyard neighbours pool revolting resources to concoct (and consume) an oozing, gurgling, gruesome stew in this superbly illustrated Hallowe’en counting rhyme.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Big A, Little A for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Todd Melby of 2 Below Zero for telling us about The Witches (by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

October 2008 version of our featured children’s book list

Thursday, October 23, 2008.

Just One More Book book listWe’ve updated the printable list of books featured on the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast.

To download the PDF of the October 2008 edition of our featured children’s book list, click on the image immediately to the right of this text.

To download your very own Just One More Book!! bookmark, click on the image of the bookmark that appears just below the image of our brochure in the left sidebar of our website.

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Bone to be Wild: The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

The Ghost of Nicholas GreebeAuthor: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: S.D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 1996 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140562672

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Haunting, humour and expertly crosshatched seventeenth century detail make the moonlit migrations of a borrowed bone a slightly spooky Hallowe’en favourite.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Z of GeekDad and HipsterPlease.com tells us about Llama, Llama Red Pajama (by Anna Dewdney). Thank you!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Interview with Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith

Monday, October 20, 2008.

Alexis O'Neill and Laura Huliska-BeithIn our family, a book needs more than just a great story to be engaging. The words and images need to be tightly connected with each other and yet tell slightly different story lines at the same time. That kind of magic doesn’t just happen because two immensely creative people are producing the words and text.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Alexis O’Neill and illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith about their first collaboration, The Recess Queen, and their new book, The Worst Best Friend.

Other books mentioned:

Photo provided by Alexis O’Neill.

Reading Aloud: How Old is Too Old?

Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Reading AloudOn this edition of Just One More Book!! we ask the question “Reading aloud: how old is too old?”

Be sure to share your thoughts on this topic by leaving a voice message on our listener hotline, +1.267.350.6487, or leave a comment on this post.

HOTLINE VOICES: Melissa of Stirrup Queens tells us about her favourite book, The Phantom Tollbooth, and the impact that its author Norton Juster has had on her.

Fabulous read-aloud pictured: Stella, Unleashed!

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Politics and Poetry: Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?

Friday, October 17, 2008.

Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?Author: Gordon Henderson
Illustrator: Peter Pickersgill
Published: 1979 Deneau and Greenberg
ISBN: 0888790422

Captivating caricatures, fact-filled rhyme and pithy biographical chasers make this entertaining introduction to the first sixteen Canadian Prime Ministers must-read madness for youngsters and oldsters alike. Eh?

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: An unidentified listener tells us about The Time-for-Bed Angel (by Ronica Stromberg and Kristina Stephenson).  Thank you!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Soundalike Silliness: Dear Deer

Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

 Dear Deer: A Book of HomophonesAuthor: Gene Barretta (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805081046

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Fabulously friendly, humorous illustrations and silly tongue twisting text aside, who would have guessed that a book highlighting use, meanings and spellings of identically sounding words could be so fascinating to a seven year old reader? We didn’t, but it is.

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HOTLINE VOICES: PJ Rooks tells us about The Day they Parachuted Cats Into Borneo: A Drama of Ecology (play by Charlotte Pomerantz scenery by Jose Aruego) which is, sadly, out of print.

Last Call for 2008 Cybils Nominations: Act Now

Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

Hurry! Your chance to nominate your favourite children’s book of 2008 in each of nine categories for the third annual Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards ends on October 15 2008. So pop over to www.Cybils.com and make your voice heard now.

Here are some great books of 2008 that have yet to be nominated:

Nominations close on October 15 2008, so do it now.

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