Love and Lucre: Hana in the Time of the Tulips

Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Hana in the TIme of the TulipsAuthor: Deborah Noyes (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763641316

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Luxurious illustrations and enchanting text paint poignant images of a father consumed by an economic craze and the overlooked daughter who quietly cares for him.

Tulips hold a special place in the hearts of our neighbourhood. You can learn why here and here — a true story that’s just begging to become a children’s picture book.

Need a beautiful boost? Take a few minutes to indulge in this gorgeous feast of Ottawa Tulips.

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

After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

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Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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

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.

More Hallowe’en and October reading on JOMB:

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.

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Love, Loss and Luxury: Taj Mahal

Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

Taj MahalAuthors: Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora
Illustrator: Rahul Bhushan
Published: 2007 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076132609X

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Strikingly intricate illustrations and lush, detailed narrative transform this four hundred year old story of tenderness, tragedy and tribute into a fascinating non-fiction fairy tale.

More ancient stories and flavours of The East on JOMB:

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Thanks to Kate Heartfield of The Ottawa Citizen for joining us for this show. You can read Kate’s blog here.

Plotting a Perfect Parent: Mama Robot

Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Mama RobotAuthor: Davide Cali
Translator: Marcel Danesi
Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantone
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768733

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The cheeky mother-replacement schemings of a disgruntled son and a crackerjack combination of collage, paint and cleverly carefree scrawling make this hilarious showdown between the delights of imagined control and the irreplaceable affection of a loving mom a pore-over-each-page favourite.

Books and Resources mentioned:

Acceptance Almighty: A Bird About To Sing

Friday, February 22, 2008.

A Bird About To SingAuthor: Laura Nyman Montenegro
Illustrator: Laura Nyman Montenegro
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618188657

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Dancing, character-filled artwork in rich apricots and olives complements honest first-person expression to buoy us through the crests and troughs of a young artist’s big day in this inspiring story of confidence, creativity and acceptance.

Other books mentioned:

  • A Poet’s Bird Garden
  • Emily

The quote from Emily (Micahel Bedard and Barbara Cooney) referred to in this episode:

“What is poetry?” I asked.

… “Listen to Mother play. She practices and practices a piece, and sometimes a magic happens and it seems the music starts to breathe. It sends a shiver through you. You can’t explain it, really; it’s a mystery. Well, when words do that, we call it poetry.

Enkindling Generosity: Wenceslas

Friday, December 14, 2007.

Wenceslas -- The Eternal Christmas StoryAuthor: Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrator: Christian Birmingham
Published: 2005 Random House Group (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0552549096

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Richly retold with storytelling flair and depicted by enveloping impressionist artwork, the traditional carol gains depth and suspense in this inspiring demonstration of benevolence and backbone.

Literary Digest: The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

The Incredible Book Eating BoyAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182317

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Brilliantly built upon book covers and maps, this irreverent introduction to reading is a story kids can sink their teeth into.

Other books mentioned:

Be sure to check out the complete list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here.

Prejudice and Perfect Pitch: Across the Alley

Friday, April 27, 2007.

Across The AlleyAuthor: Richard Michelson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 GP Putnam & Son
ISBN: 0399239707

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Gorgeously illustrated and intimately told, this tale of friendship and understanding is an inspiring tribute to the distinctions and connections that define us.

Literally Gorgeous: Monkey Business

Wednesday, April 18, 2007.

Monkey BusinessAuthor: Wallace Edwards (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Wallace Edwards
Published: 2004 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553374622

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Ever wonder what pops into puzzled little minds when you throw them a new expression? This clever book, cluttered with texture, humour and eccentricity, may have your answer.

You can find a thorough and informative analysis of this book here.

Mark will be covering the International Reading Association’s 52nd Annual Conference “Literacy without boundaries”, May 13-17, 2007 in Toronto. If you’ll be there and are interested being included in the JOMB coverage of the event, please contact us at justOneMoreBook@gmail.com to set up an interview.

Vicarious Vexing: Oh No, Not Ghosts!

Friday, December 8, 2006.

Oh No, Not Ghosts!Author: Richard Michelson
Illustrator: Adam McCauley
Published: 2006 Harcourt
ISBN: 0152051864

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Whatever evolutionary requirement is served by the fiendish delight we derive from teasing — or terrifying — our siblings is served, without the damage, by this fabulous book. Its spooky, stylized illustrations and rhyming text are a great substitute for the terrorizing we don’t let our girls do.

Intro: Chris of Answers for Freelancers

Raw Resilience: Gleam and Glow

Monday, November 6, 2006.

Gleam and GlowAuthor: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Peter Sylvada
Published: 2001 Harcourt Children’s Books
ISBN: 0152053808

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Gorgeous illustrations and beautifully crafted text relay a story of heartbreak and hope so poignant that even chatting about it was difficult, but we did our best.

This show opens with our first MyChingo audio comment, which we received from author Paul Levinson of the Light On Light Through Podcast, just in time for this – our fiftieth – episode! Thanks, Paul.

 
 

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