Chilly Silliness: The Shivers in the Fridge

Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

The Shivers in the FridgeAuthor: Fran Manushkin
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Published: 2006 Dutton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525469435

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Crankiness, chattering teeth and camouflaged edible architecture make this unusual icebox exodus a surprisingly popular adventure in puns and perspective.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Martha Bennett Stiles shares her thoughts on The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales (by Anne Shelby). Thanks for calling, Martha!

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Sterility is the Smother of Invention: Inventor McGregor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Inventor McGregorAuthor: Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrator: Michael Chesworth
Published: 2006 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374336067

Snappy storytelling and lively illustrations convey how disorder and diversions inspire an oasis of creativity while a sterile environment can be like a desert for an inventive mind.

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Idol Ambition: The Fisherman and the Turtle

Wednesday, August 13, 2008.

The Fisherman and the TurtleAuthor: Eric Kimmel (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Martha Avilés (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453873

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Cheery, stylized illustrations and friendly, informal narration breath new life into this traditional tale of fish, wishes and contentment.

You can read more about Tenochtitlán and Aztec gods here and here.

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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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If we sound slightly odd in this show, it’s because we recorded it during a live television appearance on Roger’s Daytime.

Putting Peckish in Perspective: The Butter Man

Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

The Butter ManAuthor: Elizabeth Alalou and Ali Alalou
Illustrator: Julie Klear Essakalli
Published: 2008 Charlesbridge (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1580891276

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Mouth-watering memories of fresh bread and butter and the crawling gnawing of famine’s want make a father’s reflection on childhood hunger food for thought about patience, gratitude and luck.

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Heeding Homelessness: Lily and the Paper Man

Wednesday, July 9, 2008.

 Lily and the Paper ManAuthor: Rebecca Upjohn (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Renne Benoit (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 189718719X

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Fall rain surrenders to vividly blustering snow as a young girl thinks her way from fear through curiosity, empathy and finally into action in this heartwarming tale of hardship and humanity.

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Of Vice and Mensch: Such A Prince

Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Such A PrinceAuthor: Dan Bar-el (on JOMB)
Illustrator: John Manders (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618714685

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Tabloid-style coverage, Looney-Toonesque illustrations and the feisty narration of a bohemian godmother transform the traditional tending of a love-sick princess into a comical read-again caper.

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Loss, Laughs and Loony-Proof Love: My Dad’s A Birdman

Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

My Dad's A BirdmanAuthor: David Almond (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636673

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Airy illustrations, playful, British dialogue and sprightly dipping, gliding narrative give flight to a zany father-daughter adventure that dances delicately between tenderness, tomfoolery, hope and despair landing lightly in the comfort of allied abandon.

You can read the first three chapters of this book here.

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Emulating Spaces: McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death — with a Happy Ending)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death -- with a Happy Ending)Author: Henrik Drescher
Illustrator: Henrik Drescher
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763633860

A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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Love, Loss and Luxury: Taj Mahal

Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

Taj MahalAuthors: Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora
Illustrator: Rahul Bhushan
Published: 2007 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076132609X

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Strikingly intricate illustrations and lush, detailed narrative transform this four hundred year old story of tenderness, tragedy and tribute into a fascinating non-fiction fairy tale.

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Thanks to Kate Heartfield of The Ottawa Citizen for joining us for this show. You can read Kate’s blog here.

Greats Misbehaving: The Book Of Time Outs (A Mostly True History of the World’s Biggest Troublemakers)

Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The Book Of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World's Biggest TroublemakersAuthor: Deb Lucke
Illustrator: Deb Lucke
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928294

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Chatty, irreverent narrative and outrageous edge-to-edge illustrations portray the crimes and punishments of fourteen famous historical figures as the antics, timeouts and grumblings of unruly children in this hilarious timeout corner staple.

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Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.

Slime, Crime and Greediness: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

The Three Fishing Brothers GruffAuthor: Ben Galbraith
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
Published: 2007 Hodder & Stoughton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0340893427

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Stubble, nastiness, dead fish and debris transform foul fishing tactics into a riveting affair in this gloriously disagreeable cautionary tale.

You can learn more about the real Poverty Bay (home of author/illustrator, Ben Galbraith) and Bay of Plenty here and here.

 
 

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