Much More Than Meets the Eye: Perfect Man

Friday, March 6, 2009.

Perfect ManAuthor: Troy Wilson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dean Griffiths (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Orca Book Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1551434350

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Mark and I clearly had a tough time packing all our love for this fabulously inspiring and entertaining book into a coherent chat, so I definitely can’t pack it into one sentence.

How about this?

If you are a parent or a teacher or a writer or a child, if you’ve had the gift of an extraordinary educator, if you’ve ever felt small, if you’re prepared to have your heart swell with hope or you’d just enjoy a good laugh, get your hands on a copy of this unpredictable, heart-warming super-hero tale — and then rise to its challenges to live life, exercise your strengths and recognize greatness in yourself and others.

Looking for more inspiring teachers in children’s books? Check out 100 Cool Teachers in Children’s Literature on A Year of Reading (thanks to Franki, Mary Lee — and to Tricia for the reminder).

HOTLINE VOICES: Mark corners April Harkinson at the PodCamp Philly Bowling Event and learns that her favourite children’s books are the Berenstain Bears Series (by Stan and Jan Berenstain).

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Rhyme Is The New Prose: Zorgamazoo (A Novel in Rhyme)

Friday, February 20, 2009.

ZorgamazooAuthor: Robert Paul Weston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Victor Rivas (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 RazorBill (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1595141995

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Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.

Other books mentioned:

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Kirby Larson shares how the book How to Steal a Dog (by Barbara O’Connor) stole her heart.

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Bolstered by Zorgamazoo: An unusual post

Thursday, February 12, 2009.

ZorgamazooToday was a tough day.

But spending the evening reading aloud Zorgamazoo, Robert Paul Weston‘s incredibly uplifting, completely rhyming adventure novel, has actually whisked me away from the torment of reality.

So I’m stepping briefly out of our Just One More Book! grid to share with you a much-needed rallying cry from the reluctant (furry) hero of this fabulously sweet and exciting adventure:

“Now, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win,
but my Pop always told me: You never give in!
And if he were here now, I know what he’d say:
Morty, my son, when you’re caught in a fray,

or your travels are tough and the going is rough,
or you’re up to your neck in the slippery stuff,
or say some old robots are on the attack,
then I tell you, my son: You start fighting back!”

I’m not fighting back, literally, but I am bolstered. So Thank you, Morty. And thanks to Robert Paul Weston for this great rhyming ride.

Andrea

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Captivating Conservation: Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)

Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World's Rarest Creatures)Authors: Jonathan Baillie (on JOMB) and
Marilyn Baillie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Maple Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897349335

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Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation.

HOTLINE VOICES: Mrs. Incredible talks about the poetic devotion she and her three year-old son share for A Light in the Attic (by Shel Silverstein).

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Rhyme and Measurement: On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

Friday, January 16, 2009.

On the Scale, a Weighty TaleAuthor: Brian Cleary (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brian Gable (on JOMB) & how can I resist this?
Published: 2008 Lerner Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822578514

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Saucy cartoon-style illustrations and catchy rhyme make this gritty ditty so much fun it just may etch examples and relative sizes of ounces, grams, pounds, tons and tonnes into unsuspecting little minds.

More math on JOMB:

More cartoonist creations on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Sarah Hatfield of No Whey, Mama shares her thoughts about Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)

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

Celebrating our 500th Episode: Chapter Book Chatter

Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

To celebrate the 500th episode of our JustOneMoreBook! Children’s Book Podcast, our daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), share their thoughts on a few of their favourite chapter books.

Books mentioned:

We hope you’ll help us celebrate by sharing some of your favourite chapter book titles in our comments section.

Thank you for making our 500 episodes possible. Looking forward to show #1000.

Andrea & Mark

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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Paw-ject Runway: Doggie in the Window

Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

Doggie in the WindowAuthor: Elaine Arsenault
Illustrator: Fanny
Published: 2003 Groundwood Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0888996195

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Adorably hilarious illustrations and snappy, understated text make this imaginative tale of a truly crafty canine a swoon and coo storytime favourite.

If you’re wondering how on earth the author came up with this very bizaare plot, here’s your answer.

More dogs on JOMB:

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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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Ritual, Respect, Regret & Reflection: The Unknown Soldier

Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

The Unknown SoldierAuthor: Linda Granfield (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 043993558X

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Accessible narrative, detailed annotations and a thought-provoking collection of photographs, postcards, pins and poems shed light on the ceremony, symbolism, chronology and controversy commemorating our global family’s losses to war.

More books about war and peace on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Alison McGhee shares the reasons why Swiss Family Robinson (by Johann D. Wyss) is one of her childhood favourites.

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Mettle, Mitvah & Remembrance: The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Saturday, November 1, 2008.

The Diary of Laura's Twin (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)Author: Kathy Kacer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897187394

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Musings and melodrama of a modern twelve year old, careful chronicling of a young prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and dozens of potent photographs stitch together the present and the past in this engaging and educational look at bullying, bigotry and backbone.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thank you to a former education instructor at University of Victoria for sharing her high opinion of Shimmerdogs (by Dianne Linden).

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November 2-9th, 2008 is the 28th Annual Holocaust Education Week. Coordinated by the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, UJA Federation, the event will offer more than 100 timely and thought-provoking educational and cultural programs, including a series of compelling, first-hand testimonies from survivors. For more information, click here.



 
 

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