Let Your Hair Down: Max Said “Yes!” (The Woodstock Story)

Friday, July 10, 2009.

Max Said Author: Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner
Illustrator: Barbara Mendes (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Change The Universe Press
ISBN: 9780615211442

Exuberant, edge-to-edge illustrations and simple rhyme salute a generous dairy farmer who took a chance on four kids, their dream and the prospect of peace.

You can watch Max Yasgur addressing the crowd at Woodstock, 1969, here.

August 15-17 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How will you celebrate?

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Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

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Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and New York Times columnist, Mike Winerip explains why Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of his current favourite books.

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Both Sides Now: Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

Sourpuss And Sweetie PieAuthor: Norton Juster (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Chris Raschka (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439929431

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There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very, very good and when she wasn’t, well, you didn’t know what hit you — and you never saw it coming, and then suddenly she was good again. And, of course, you love her anyway.

This playfully illustrated confession of an all too familiar Jekyll and Hyde youngster invites us to look at, and laugh at, our many-sided selves.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Sarah Ackerley (on JOMB) calls in to tell us about The Sea Serpent and Me (by Dashka Slater and Catia Chien).

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Meteorological Madness: The Snow Show with Chef Kelvin

Saturday, November 22, 2008.

The Snow Show -- wih Chef KelvinAuthor: Carolyn Fisher (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Carolyn Fisher
Published: 2008 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152060197

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Hoopla, bloopers and the rantings of temperamental talent turn a lesson in the science of snow into a boisterous blast of behind-the-scenes TV-making lunacy — who knew deposition, sublimation, sectored plates and radiating dendrites could be so much fun?

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and Professor of Library Science at Texas Woman’s Universit, Sylvia Vardell explains why Diamond Willow (by Helen Frost) is one of her current favourite books.

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No Batteries Required: The Painted Circus

Wednesday, November 19, 2008.

The Painted CircusAuthor: Wallace Edwards (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Wallace Edwards
Published: 2007 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553377206

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Mind boggling puzzles, optical illusions and layer after layer of fascinating detail draws the reader into a visual vortex that rivals any handheld game console — and not a single moving part!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Elsa recounts several of her childhood favourites including the lesser known Spurs For Suzanna (by Betty Cavanna) and tells us why her selections are so important to her.

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Makes No Difference Who You Are: Wish (Wishing Traditions Around the World)

Friday, November 14, 2008.

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the WorldAuthor: Roseanne Thong (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811857166

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Splashing, soaring, leaping and dreaming, gorgeously detailed watercolour and collage illustrations whisk us into the midst of vivid wishing traditions across the globe in this beautiful reminder of our universal desires.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Chris Forrest for sharing two of her favourites, Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey), The Sky is Falling on Henny Penny (by Marie Schubert).

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Comic Currency: The Hilarious Adventures of Mish and Mash

Saturday, October 4, 2008.

The Hilarious Adventures of Mish and MashIllustrator: Remie Geoffroi
Published: 2008 OwlKids
ISBN: 2895792089

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Loads of grade-school laughs, visual variety and the ongoing antics of the two exuberant monsters who are building the book make this collection of riddles, jokes and activities a take-anywhere stash of performance opportunities and entertainment.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Kimberley Clayton Blaine of TheGoToMom.tv shares one of her favourites, Slinky Malinky (written by Lynley Dodd and illustrated by Mallinson Rendel).

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No Holts Barred: Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)Author: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079963

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Cluttered with comedy, melodrama and earthy, Looney-Toonesque artwork, this brilliant guide to social success is as hilarious as it is helpful.

(…er…actually….maybe more hilarious than helpful, as we now hear our girls screaming at each other “DO UNTO OTTERS, REMEMBER, DO UNTO OTTERS!!!!!”)

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HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit: Motherhood in Alaska shares her thoughts about The Little Golden Book Anthologies.

A Dog’s Eye View: Stella, Unleashed

Friday, September 19, 2008.

Stella, UnleashedAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Paul Meisel (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sterling Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1402739877

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Unabashed autobiographical poems and hilariously expressive illustrations provide the observations and opinions of a straight-shooting canine in this irresistible pooch-hood memoir.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Hugh Fraser of the Storynory podcast shares his thoughts on The Barefoot Book of Knights (by John Matthews and Giovanni Manna). Thanks, Hugh!

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Slapstick Mapwork: The Scrambled States of America Talent Show

Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

The Scrambled States of America Talent ShowAuthor: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2008 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079971

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Gaffes, guffaws and gargantuan grins explode from page after page of frantic action as fifty fervent American states peel themselves from cartographical slumber and paint the town.

As a Canadian, I’m not embarrassed to admit that I learned more about U.S. geography and statehood history from these forty pages of tumult, tables and talent than I ever learned in school.

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Life is Good: Jillian Jiggs

Friday, August 22, 2008.

Jillian JiggsAuthor: Phoebe Gilman
Illustrator: Phoebe Gilman
Published: 1985 Scholastic Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590413406

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Good friends, good intentions and an unstoppable stream of creativity: this infectiously upbeat tale of disarray, distraction and blissful disobedience makes us glad we chose the adventure that is family life. We can’t imagine a childhood without it.

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Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are.

– Marianne Williamson

Emulating Spaces: McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death — with a Happy Ending)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death -- with a Happy Ending)Author: Henrik Drescher
Illustrator: Henrik Drescher
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763633860

A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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