Of Spunk and Dunking: The Princesses Have a Ball

Friday, July 17, 2009.

The Princesses Have a BallAuthor: Teresa Bateman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lynne Cravath (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780807566282

Swapping dainty dancing for hoops and hoots, this upbeat spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses brings rhyme, spring and spirit to the age old tale.

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Meet The Parents, Pondside: The Frog Princess

Saturday, February 14, 2009.

The Frog PrincessAuthor: Rosalind Allchin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Rosalind Allchin
Published: 2001 KidsCan Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553375262

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even the most wonderful romance can come with the challenge of fitting in with in-laws. This fabulously illustrated twist on The Frog Prince treats us to an entertaining string of slip-ups and scandals as a starry-eyed frog samples life in the Royal Family.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Karen Alonge‘s Valentines contribution is about a mysterious love letter with a twist in Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch (by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz).

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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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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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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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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.

Baffled Bullies & Beatles’ Tunes: Oops! (A Preston Pig Story)

Monday, September 10, 2007.

Oops!Author: Colin McNaughton
Illustrator: Colin McNaughton
Published: 1997 Harcourt Brace (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152015884

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Dialogue bubbles, repetition, huge text and page after page of visual slapstick make this twist on Little Red Riding Hood a satisfying read-along for even the youngest of readers.

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Vim, Villainy and Vocabulary: Carmine, A Little More Red

Wednesday, August 29, 2007.

Carmine: A Little More RedAuthor: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Published: 2005 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618387943

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Combine twenty-six meaty new words, a sprinkling of fairy tale characters, one talented young artist, forty pages of gorgeous watercolours and an irresistably spunky dog and “voila!” an exciting new rendition of the Red Riding Hood theme. Bones optional.

Cats, Spats and Imagination: Scribble

Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

ScribbleAuthor: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Published: 2007 Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375839666

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Squabbling siblings, ingenuity and the irresistable innocence of preschool art combine to make this slick spin on the sleeping beauty standby a welcome trip outside the box.

You can learn more about appreciating young children’s scribbles here.

Loot-Retrieving Girl-Power: Kate and the Beanstalk

Friday, June 1, 2007.

Kate and the BeanstalkAuthor: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689825501

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This refreshing departure from the boy-burglarizes-giant version of the giant beanstalk story has our girls swooning, roaring and cheering each and every time.

 
 

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