Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

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Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

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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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Choosing Love over Luxury: Ella’s Big Chance (A Jazz-Age Cinderella)

Friday, February 6, 2009.

Ella's Big ChanceAuthor: Shirley Hughes (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Published: 2003 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689873999

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Rife with bobs, crops and cloche hats, beads, bangles and silk, this refreshing Roaring Twenties rendition of the traditional tale swaps the wincing minion for a spunky, talented and unflapperishly curvy Cinderella who, like another C-character we’ll all be watching this weekend, understands that we really don’t want everything we want.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Maddy Lau of Styling with Renee Michelle shares her memories of The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint Exupéry).

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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.

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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.

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Tossed in Place: Falling For Rapunzel

Friday, January 30, 2009.

Falling For RapunzelAuthor: Leah Wilcox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lydia Monks (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142403997

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Sweet, silly collage and guess-the-next-gag rhyme turn the traditional tale of tossed tresses into a merry carousel of misunderstanding and matchmaking.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Julie Wilson is reunited with a childhood favourite, The Adventures of Super Pickle (no longer in print) after nearly thirty years.

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Woolly’s Got His Number: Mammoth Pie

Saturday, January 24, 2009.

Mammoth PieAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706594

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Comedic visual details and snappy, cumulative verse remind us that cunning and co-operation can’t compensate for a grossly underestimated opponent in this hilarious account of six scrawny cavemen and their quest for Ice Age tourtière.

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And, what do you know, it’s the exact same story as our Just One More Book! theme song “Woolly Mammoth”, compliments of Robert Farrell.

Of Curiosity and Creationism: One Beetle Too Many (The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin)

Friday, January 9, 2009.

One Beetle Too Many -- The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles DarwinAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Matthew Trueman (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076361436X

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Wonderfully wonky, earth-toned images and casual, lilting narration treat us to the antics, adventures, achievements and apprehension of Charles Darwin, the curious young collector who changed our view of the world.

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Death Defying, Doubted Deeds: Marco Polo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Marco PoloAuthor: Demi  (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454330

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It’s hard to believe that fifty-six pages of 700 year old travel details could consistently engross two seven and nine year old girls. Hard to believe, but, in the case of this beautifully illustrated and mesmerizing window to the world, nothing but the truth.

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Handling Hairlessness: Dad’s Bald Head

Saturday, January 3, 2009.

Dad's Bald HeadAuthor: Paul Many (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kevin O’Malley (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Walker & Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 080279579X

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Issues of body image impact lives young and old but too rarely make it to picture books where the sparked conversation might do most good. This entertaining yet thoughtful look at hairlessness is a welcome exception.

HOTLINE VOICES: Deborah White, a headstart teacher in a partnership classroom in Columbus (Ohio), shares her love of Happy to Be Nappy (by bell hooks and Chris Raschka)

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Bone to be Wild: The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

The Ghost of Nicholas GreebeAuthor: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: S.D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 1996 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140562672

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Haunting, humour and expertly crosshatched seventeenth century detail make the moonlit migrations of a borrowed bone a slightly spooky Hallowe’en favourite.

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Politics and Poetry: Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?

Friday, October 17, 2008.

Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?Author: Gordon Henderson
Illustrator: Peter Pickersgill
Published: 1979 Deneau and Greenberg
ISBN: 0888790422

Captivating caricatures, fact-filled rhyme and pithy biographical chasers make this entertaining introduction to the first sixteen Canadian Prime Ministers must-read madness for youngsters and oldsters alike. Eh?

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Of Horror and Heroism: The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)Author: Mark Greenwood (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Frané Lessac (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639133

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Deceptively simple looking folk art illustrations, uncluttered narration and sparse, intimate utterings deliver some of the dark, disturbing details of war in this eye-opening, true tale of courage, carnage and camaraderie.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Bobby (a grade two teacher in Phoenix, AZ) describes a difference of opinion between he and his fiancée (a grade one teacher) and asks the question, what is the best way to read books to a group of children?

 
 

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