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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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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Marryin’ into Money: Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)

Friday, February 13, 2009.

Smoky Mountain Rose (An Appalachian Cinderella)Author: Alan Schroeder (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brad Sneed (on JOMB)
Published: 1997 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140566732

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Fierce, phonetically written slang and softly stretched, fish-eye illustrations make this twangin’ twist on the traditional tale a thrill for listeners and read-aloud hams alike — rump-blisterin’ and all!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Melitsa Avila captures the essence of a book that both she and her son love, Too Many Toys (by David Shannon).

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So, what are your favourite renditions of Cinderella? Leave us a message in the comments, below.

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.

More from the Jazz Era on JOMB:

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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Flimflam Flawlessness: The Empty Pot

Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

The Empty PotAuthor: Demi (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 1990 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805082271

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This delicately illustrated tale of integrity and patience invites us to examine the perplexing pervasiveness of professed perfection.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Gabbi tells us about her son’s favourite part of I Love You Stinky Face (by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore).

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Sisterly Squeal-Induction: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street

Wednesday, December 24, 2008.

The Penderwicks On Gardam StreetAuthor: Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375840907

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No wizards, no potty-talk, no cell phones, no cynicism just four smart sisters, their dad, their schemes, their dog, their neighbours, their ideas and interactions yet our girls squealed, shrieked, jumped up and jabbered after almost every sentence. I’m not sure what it is, but The Penderwicks on Gardam Street has it.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener calls in to breath more magic into Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (by Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel). Related book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp (by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash).

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Stuck on Classics: Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist

Wednesday, November 12, 2008.

Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist Author: Ruth Spiro (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Thor Wickstrom (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525478612

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Celebrated works of art pop up in the silliest of circumstances in this cleverly illustrated tale of a frustrated young artist in search of his niche.

Also mentioned in the discussion is Museum ABC published by The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

More adventures in The Arts on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Kelly Murphy for reminding us about the classic book The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson).

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Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

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Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

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Have a Happy Hallowe’en!!

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

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Of Flash and Forgiveness: The Worst Best Friend

Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

The Worst Best FriendAuthor: Alexis O’Neill (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0545010233

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Sunny school-yard action, frisky text and heaps of humorous details propel us through bliss, boastfulness, betrayal and back again in this spirited tale of friendship lost and found.

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HOTLINE VOICES: An unidentified JOMB listener/author/illustrator recommends Kiss Good Night (by Amy Hest) and Dig Dig Digging (by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe).

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To those of you celebrating Yom Kippur, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

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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Structure, Strengths, Strategies and Stretching: Clementine’s Letter

Friday, July 18, 2008.

Clementine's LetterAuthor: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786838841

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In the voice of a creative and easily distracted third grader and brimming with insight and humour, this clever and thoroughly entertaining novel is as touching as it is funny as it is educational.

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If you have an interest in ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences — or in the fascinating field of learning — check out Whitney Hoffman’s LD Podcast.

Bewitching Beginnings: How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet (Native American Animal Origin Stories)

Saturday, July 5, 2008.

How Chipmunk Got Tiny FeetAuthor: Gerald Hausman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Irie Books
ISBN: 0970911262

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Earthy, folk art and simple, friendly narrative intrigue and entertain us with seven traditional Coushatta, Tsimshian and Navajo tales of adventure, transformation, conflict and punishment.

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