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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Of Comfort and Coping: Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Friday, March 20, 2009.

Michael Rosen's Sad BookAuthor: Michael Rosen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Quentin Blake (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763641049

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This beautifully honest confession of the ups, the downs, the confusion and fond memories of a father dealing with the death of his son offers a rare, candid, detailed look at sadness, solitude and the strength to carry on.

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You can celebrate Poetry Friday by watching and listening to Michael Rosen performing each one of the poems from his out-of-print book of children’s poetry ‘The Hypnotiser’ here.

Pop over to Wild Rose Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Maureen Stanley shares her love of The Giving Tree (by Shel Silverstein).

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Rug Rat Rhyme: My Pup

Friday, January 2, 2009.

My PupAuthor: Margaret O’Hair (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076145389X

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Large, happy images and simple, four line “one potato, two, potato” style rhyme make this perky pooch poem a peachy preschool pick.

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Pop over to A Year of Reading for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio‘s The Next Chapter (available as a podcast), reflects on a childhood favourite, The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec (by Marius Barbeau and Michael Hornyansky).

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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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Hip to Be Scared: Hallowe’en Hoots and Howls

Saturday, October 27, 2007.

Hallowe'en Hoots and HowlsAuthor: Joan Horton
Illustrator: Joann Adinolfi
Published: 1999 Henry Holt Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805058052

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Nineteen upbeat poems and a generous cast of wacky-looking monsters serve up a blend of scariness and humour that provides a perfectly harmless Hallowe’en thrill.

The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell

Friday, July 27, 2007.

The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the BellAuthor: Kathy-Jo Wargin
Illustrator: Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585361267

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Gorgeous red and gold warmth entwines with thrashing, raw waves and spray to tell the tragic tale of twenty nine souls struggling against the fury of Lake Superior and of the polished brass bell that forever sounds their farewell.

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Vicarious Vexing: Oh No, Not Ghosts!

Friday, December 8, 2006.

Oh No, Not Ghosts!Author: Richard Michelson
Illustrator: Adam McCauley
Published: 2006 Harcourt
ISBN: 0152051864

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Whatever evolutionary requirement is served by the fiendish delight we derive from teasing — or terrifying — our siblings is served, without the damage, by this fabulous book. Its spooky, stylized illustrations and rhyming text are a great substitute for the terrorizing we don’t let our girls do.

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