Bring Down the House: The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)Author: Wendelin Van Draanen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375843779

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One wisecracking lizard, one over-caffeinated monkey and 200 pages of action, attitude and assombroso alliteration transform run-of-the-mill read-aloud adults into comedy superstars. Talk about the greatest power!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Owen (9) and Riley (9) share their enthusiasm for Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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Who Needs Weddings?: The Fiesta Dress (A Quinceanera Tale)

Friday, May 15, 2009.

Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera TaleAuthor: Caren McCormack (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Martha Avilés (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454675

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Earth toned preparations and pastel pomp treat us to a slightly slighted little sibling’s view of what seems like a very cool coming of age tradition.

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Tending and Tenderness: Before You Were Here, Mi Amor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Before You Were Here, Mi AmorAuthor: Samantha Vamos (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Santiago Cohen (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Viking (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670063010

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Generously speckled with spanish phrases and illustrated in homey hot oranges, pinks and golds, this intimate account of a family’s industrious wait for a new baby radiates pure joy.

HOTLINE VOICES: A young reviewer tells us about her favourite book, The Borrowers (by Mary Norton)

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Poetry of Motion: Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)

Saturday, November 29, 2008.

 Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)Author: James Rumford
Illustrator: James Rumford
Published: 2008 Roaring Book Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432764

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Loops, dots, masts and curves glide gracefully across exotically patterned images of football, friends and family as a young Iraqi contemplates practice, peace and beauty.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Musician and father Curtis Harnanan shares his love for An Island Christmas (by Lynn Joseph and Catherine Stock)

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

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Desert Zest: 52 Days By Camel (My Sahara Adventure)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

52 Days by CamelAuthor: Lawrie Raskin and Debora Pearson
Photographer: Lawrie Raskin
Published: 1998 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511364

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Passion sparked by childhood reading leads us through snow, salt, sandstorms, camel spit and souks in this eye opening introduction to the wonders of the Sahara and the sensational potential of curiosity and pluck.

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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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Skill & Survival: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish

Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called FishAuthor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Beth Krommes (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618548955

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Soothing speculation, striking details and spellbinding scratchboard art present a gripping account of The Karluk‘s last icy voyage and the strength and resourcefulness that beat all odds.

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Bliss, Slips and Forgiveness: Jamela’s Dress

Friday, November 23, 2007.

Jamela's DressAuthor: Niki Daly (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Niki Daly
Published: 1999 Farrar Straus Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374437203

Gorgeously expressive illustrations capture the small pleasures of a dreamy preschooler, the chaos of failed judgments and the matchless relief of reconnection in this longtime family favourite.

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Julie Smith offers some Global Diversity activities based on this book here.

Permission to Dream: Clara and Senor Frog

Saturday, August 25, 2007.

Clara and Senor FrogAuthor: Campbell Geeslin
Illustrator: Ryan Sanchez
Published: Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375836136

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Luminous with colour, character and unusual details, this simple story of step family shuffling reminds us that working to understand another can sometimes help us understand ourselves.

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Caring to Compromise: The Outside Dog

Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

The Outside DogAuthor: Charlotte Pomerantz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0064441873

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It’s not often that an early reader turns the whole family to putty, but this simple story of a grandfather with the strength to bend does just that time after time. If you can put up with all the gushing and cooing we do in this review, you’ll be all set for the response of your little one!

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We Found Our Thrill: Berry Magic

Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Berry MagicAuthor: Teri Sloat & Betty Huffmon
Illustrator: Teri Sloat
Published: 2004 Alaska Northwest Books
ISBN: 0882405764

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Glowing with warm, earthy colours and generously adorned with animal friends, industry and magical chanting, this simple celebration of creativity and appreciation is pure joy.

 
 

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