Lunar Learning: Faces of the Moon

Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

Faces of the MoonAuthor: Bob Crelin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Leslie Evans (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9781570917851

New, crescent, quarter, gibbous and full then all the way back to new, this ingeniously illustrated poem gives us a solid understanding and new appreciation for our revolving neighbour.

UNESCO has designated 2009 as International Year of Astronomy. You can get excited and get involved in IYA2009 here.

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Mission Nutrition: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

Friday, July 31, 2009.

Monsters Don't Eat BroccoliAuthor: Barbara Jean Hicks (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sue Hendra (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375956867

Gasping, gobbling, grinning, crunching and belching, seven sherbet-coloured monsters revel in outrage at their broccoli-loving readers in this rhyming enticement to eat green.

Blueberry-eating books mentioned:

More food on JOMB:

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

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Noticing and Nurturing Each Other: How to Heal a Broken Wing

Thursday, May 21, 2009.

How to Heal a Broken WingAuthor: Bob Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639036

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Airy illustrations and sparse poetic prose paint a poignant picture of hope, help and healing in this unspoken invitation to dare to care.

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Dreams of flying on JOMB:

Six weeks ago yesterday, in Woodstock, Ontario, eight year old Victoria Stafford  finished her school day … then disappeared.  As the days turned to weeks, Canadians coast to coast came to know Victoria and her family as we watched mother Tara McDonald’s daily efforts to keep the search for her daughter fresh in our minds.  This despite mounting public criticism and suspicion of Tara herself.

Yesterday, we learned of Tori’s tragic fate … and of her mother’s innocence.

This episode of Just One More Book! is dedicated to little Tori Stafford, with heartfelt hopes for the healing of those she left behind.

Get the Super-Sonic Scoop: Astronaut Handbook

Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Astronaut HandbookAuthor: Meghan McCarthy (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Meghan McCarthy
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375844597

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Starring pop-eyed recruits and friendly second-person narrative, this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category finalist dispenses enticing details of space training while gently nudging keen readers toward the healthy habits that just might make their dreams come true.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils finalists in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Beatrix (who learned about us from our appearance in Canadian Living Magazine) calls in to share her favourite, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter).

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Rug Rat Rhyme: My Pup

Friday, January 2, 2009.

My PupAuthor: Margaret O’Hair (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076145389X

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Large, happy images and simple, four line “one potato, two, potato” style rhyme make this perky pooch poem a peachy preschool pick.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio‘s The Next Chapter (available as a podcast), reflects on a childhood favourite, The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec (by Marius Barbeau and Michael Hornyansky).

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Revisiting Poesy Perfection: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Saturday, December 13, 2008.

Author: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michele Nidenoff (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Nimbus Publishing (20th anniversary edition)
ISBN: 1551096994

On August 30, 2006, we published episode 22 of Just One More Book!! It was a review of a permanent family favourite, Sleeping Dragons All Around, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Michele Nidenoff. We would learn, shortly afterward, that the book was out of print.

We’ve become friendly with Sheree since we interviewed her for episode 54 published on November 13, 2006 and we’ve always told her how disappointed we were that Sleeping Dragons and some of her other fabulous children’s books, were no longer available.

Not for long.

As it turns out, the 20th anniversary of Sleeping Dragons All Around will be celebrated on January 25, 2009, with the re-release of the book. And guess what’s printed on the dust jacket. Our Just One More Book!! blog blurb from that August 30, 2006 book chat:

How cool is that?

This is the first of a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In this part, we replay our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality. Part two will be released on Monday, December 15, 2008 and will feature a new interview with Sheree about the new edition and a story of how Sleeping Dragons All Around has made an impact.

Want to see our other dust jacket appearance? Click here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelley Burns shares a year-after-year favourite book, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas).

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Crackerjack Crankiness: I’m Not Cute!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

I'm Not Cute!Author: Johnathan Allen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Johnathan Allen
Published: 2005 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786837209

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Caustic scowls and harried helplessness take turns on the face of an overtired owlet in this hilariously endearing tale of naptime nastiness and unconditional love.

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Pet Peeve: Not Norman (A Goldfish Story)

Friday, May 2, 2008.

Not Norman (A Goldfish Story)Author: Kelly Bennett
Illustrator: Noah Z. Jones
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763627631

Sunny stylized digital images and giggle-inducing grins, grimaces and gestures make a disgruntled pet-owner’s gradual shift in perspective an entertaining example of rejection, reflection and imagination.

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Baffled Bullies & Beatles’ Tunes: Oops! (A Preston Pig Story)

Monday, September 10, 2007.

Oops!Author: Colin McNaughton
Illustrator: Colin McNaughton
Published: 1997 Harcourt Brace (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152015884

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Dialogue bubbles, repetition, huge text and page after page of visual slapstick make this twist on Little Red Riding Hood a satisfying read-along for even the youngest of readers.

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We can’t help directing you to some of our other pig-centric favourites:

Soapy Sibling Sunshine: Kid Tea

Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

Kid TeaAuthor: Elizabeth Ficocelli
Illustrator: Glin Dibley
Published: 2007 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453334

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Rhythmic strings of percussive rhyme and a reliably repetitive refrain give this colourful celebration of the simple joys of summer the begging-to-be-memorized-and-shouted-out feel of a classic skipping song.

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Seuss Meets Slapstick: Today I Will Fly

Friday, June 22, 2007.

Today I Will FlyAuthor: Mo Willems (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Mo Willems
Published: 2007 Hyperion
ISBN: 1423102959

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Four friends, forty-four easy-to-read words and forty-seven phenomenally funny interactions empower even the earliest reader to provide satisfying read-aloud entertainment for the whole family.

We can’t help directing you to some of our other favourite books on the themes of pigs and flying:

The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Author: Spencer Johnson
Illustrator: Stephen Pileggi
Published: 1977 Value Communications
ISBN: 0916392066

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With cartoony illustrations and stripped down stories the ValueTales Series of books use imaginitive devices to introduce young readers to historical figures and the personal attributes that helped them make a difference in their worlds.

If you are curious about the fate of the ValueTales, you can listen to an interesting interview about an attempt to revive these books on Mark’s ElectricSky podcast.

 
 

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