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!

You can check out Lucy & Bayla’s Sticky-inspired artwork here.

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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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Swamps, Chainsaws & Solipsism: Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

Fiendish Deeds (The Joy of Spooking)Author: P.J. Bracegirdle (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 McElderry Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416934162

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Hard-core horror meets sumptuous simile in this gripping exploration of siblinghood, self-destruction and sanitized sameness.

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Of Mothers and Love: Elizabeti’s Doll

Friday, May 1, 2009.

Elizabeti's DollAuthor: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Christy Hale (on JOMB)
Published: 1998 Lee & Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584300817

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Earthy tones and textiles of Tanzania softly serve warm embraces and learned love in this beautiful tale of motherhood mimicry and the joy of nurturing.

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Remembering for Grandma: Mile-High Apple Pie

Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

Mile-High Apple PieAuthor: Laura Langston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0099443880

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Happily sloppy artwork and perfectly picked words and pace present the first-person ponderings of a young girl as her once spunky grandmother slips into forgetfulness in this sweet, sad tale of coping and compassion.

Update: Mark mentions the documentary film and supporting website, Forgetful not Forgotten.

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Cultivating Hope: Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden

Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

 Mr. Hiroshi's GardenAuthor: Maxine Trottier (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Paul Morin (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Fitzhenry and Whiteside (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550051520

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Dazzling light glows against darkening shadow as this warmly told memory of friendship and fortitude peeks into a dim chapter in Canadian history.

Other books mentioned:

For more information about the Japanese Internment of 1942-1945, visit Vanishing British Columbia, Canada: A People’s History, and Canadian Nikkei.

You can read about more of our favourite Canadian, Asian-themed children’s books in this essay by Andrea at Paper Tigers.

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Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

Friday, April 3, 2009.

I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254555

“My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Thelma Slater, Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission in Canton, Ohio, checks in with her fifty-something son to recall some of his childhood favourites including Dr. Seuss.

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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.

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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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Flow and Freedom: Journey to the River Sea

Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Author: Eva Ibbotson (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 033039715X

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Today, our 9 year old daughter, Lucy, tells us why she absolutely adores this beautifully written and inspiring Amazon adventure.

Click here to listen to our chat with Eva Ibbotson on her 83rd birthday.

Other beloved books by Eva Ibbotson:

Click here for other Eva Ibbotson book reviews by Lucy and click here to see the postcard Eva sent to Lucy and Bayla earlier this year in response to their 84th birthday cards.

LISTENER HOTLINE: Chuck Stanley enjoys sharing his childhood love of Fox in Socks (by Dr. Seuss) with his own children.

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Traits, Stains & Self-Restraint: The Lime Green Secret

Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

The Lime Green SecretAuthor: Georgia Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Georgia Graham
Published: 2009 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768415

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Offbeat chalk pastel illustrations and delicious defiance are the stars of this giggle-inducing tale of wedding wear, willpower and sibling solidarity.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Bill Rowland raves about Olive, the Other Reindeer (by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold) as a book that appeals to all ages.

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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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