Wondering Why to Read: Amadi’s Snowman

Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

Amadi's SnowmanAuthor: Katia Novet Saint-Lot (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dimitrea Tokunbo (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780884482987

Earth toned images of bustling Nigerian swelter contrast with the book-bound allure of a world of frost and snow in this tale of a young boy pondering the pros and cons of literacy.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author/Illustrator, Mark Mitchell, describes the beauty of the book Tsunami! (by Kimiko Kajikawa and Ed Young).

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Bridges to Obama: Let Freedom Sing

Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

Let Freedom SingAuthor: Vanessa Newton (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Vanessa Newton
Published: 2009 Blue Apple Books
ISBN: 9781934706909

Spot-on sixties-style illustrations, simple, springboard text and a soulful, sing along refrain shine a celebratory light on 18 individuals who stood tall and opened doors for generations.

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Dimple-matic Immunity: I Always, Always Get My Way

Friday, August 21, 2009.

I Always, Always Get My WayAuthor: Thad Krasnesky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Parkins (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Flashlight Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780979974649

Cute only gets you so far in the real world. Capturing the glee of victory and the sting of defeat, this hilariously illustrated rhyming book lets us laugh at our own (and our little sibling’s) attempts to prove otherwise.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Cathy Miller, “The Literacy Ambassador”, alerts us about Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury).

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Waves, Ruts and Resilience: Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus

Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

Camille McPhee Fell Under the BusAuthor: Kristen Tracy (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780385736879

A big thanks to guest host Lucy (10) for joining Andrea today to discuss this book.

Life can be challenging and fair’s got nothing to do with it. Parents are people. Friendship’s a worthwhile risk. There’s a lot to think about when you’re ten in the real world. Which is why I’m so glad Lucy (10) and I read this fun and fabulously thought provoking book.

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Mission Nutrition: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

Friday, July 31, 2009.

Monsters Don't Eat BroccoliAuthor: Barbara Jean Hicks (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sue Hendra (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375956867

Gasping, gobbling, grinning, crunching and belching, seven sherbet-coloured monsters revel in outrage at their broccoli-loving readers in this rhyming enticement to eat green.

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Pay-It-Forward In Practice: One Smile

Wednesday, July 29, 2009.

One SmileAuthor: Cindy McKinley (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Mary Gregg Byrne (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Illumination Arts (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780935699234

Simple gestures, rippling kindness and true smiles are the stars of this inspiring invitation to share some brightness and chance a wave of well-being.

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The Bliss of Forgiveness: New Year at the Pier (A Rosh Hashanah Story)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

New Year at the Pier (A Rosh Hashanah Story)Author: April Halprin Wayland (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Stéphane Jorisch (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Dial Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780803732797

Crisp salt air and sunshine breeze from airy, upbeat illustrations in this chattily shared and poignant reminder of the bliss that is forgiveness.

Rosh Hashanah is September 19-20, 2009. Will you be tossing an “I’m Sorry” list?

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True Love: Hunwick’s Egg

Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

Hunwick's EggAuthor: Mem Fox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780152163181

Amidst mauve and pink Australian sunsets, this lyrically told and beautifully illustrated tale reminds us of the underrated pleasures of simply loving.

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Up From The Ashes: Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Fatima, the Spinner and the TentAuthor: Idries Shah (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Natasha Delmar (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Hoopoe Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1883536421

This delicately illustrated tale of travel and tragedy reminds us that today’s disaster just might be a necessary step towards the ultimate attainment of our heart’s desire.

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Talent, Teamwork & Triumph: The Dunderheads

Friday, June 19, 2009.

The DunderheadsAuthor: Paul Fleischman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Roberts (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763624985

Clean lines, comical details and snappy, generous first person narration sweep us into this suspenseful tale of strategy, solidarity and overlooked superpowers.

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Globe-Trotting Gastronomy: The King’s Taster

Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

Author: Kenneth Oppel (on JOMB)
Illustrators: Steve Johnson (on JOMB) &
Lou Fancher (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0060753722

Dexterous textile, text and recipe clipping collage are the pièce de résistance of this delectable adventure in talent, teamwork, travel — and sneaked treats!

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HOTLINE VOICES: Eden Spodek — who will be at PAB09 — has fabulous childhood and parenthood memories of Where the Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak)

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Rules, Rudeness & Rivalry: Little Sister and the Month Brothers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Little Sister and the Month BrothersAuthor: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Margot Tomes (on JOMB)
Published: 1976 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780761455462

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With its chatty narrative, droll dialogue and playfully illustrated play-by-play, this plucky retelling of the traditional Slavic tale is practically bound theatre.

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