Are You Serious??? Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog

Friday, August 28, 2009.

Flabby Cat and Slobby DogAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780761351511

Unrealistically scrawny pop culture ideals, issues of acceptance and fears of unhealthy body image have made fitness and healthy eating tricky issues to address. This brazenly British picture book pulls no punches about the dangers of the couch potato lifestyle.

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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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Left Reeling: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Author: Jonah Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: André Carrilho (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375837388

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Gilded, stylized illustrations, scads of stats and lilting, laid back narration present an inspiring tale of persistence, power, poise and prevalent potential in this intimate look at the short but striking career of one of baseball’s greats.

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A Poem Run: Baseball Hour

Friday, December 26, 2008.

Baseball HourAuthor: Carol Nevius (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Thomson (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453806

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Smooth, action-packed close-ups and enthusiastic rhyme focus on the glorious details of little league practice in this almost 3D glimpse of spring.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Anita Newburt shares a favourite and cat-lover’s delight, Mister Got to Go: The cat that wouldn’t leave, based on a true story (by Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent).

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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.

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Poetry of Motion: Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)

Saturday, November 29, 2008.

 Silent Music (A Story of Baghdad)Author: James Rumford
Illustrator: James Rumford
Published: 2008 Roaring Book Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432764

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Loops, dots, masts and curves glide gracefully across exotically patterned images of football, friends and family as a young Iraqi contemplates practice, peace and beauty.

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Skill, Suspense and Standing Tall: Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer

Saturday, February 23, 2008.

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball PioneerAuthor: Bill Wise
Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth
Published: 2007 Lee & Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584302690

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This riveting roller coaster of taunts, talent and tenterhooks relays a true story of suffering and success and invites us to examine the troubling shadow of racism and the resiliency of those who rise above it.

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He Shoots, He Roars: Dino-Hockey

Friday, November 9, 2007.

Dino-HockeyAuthor: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Barry Gott
Published: 2007 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822561913

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Breakneck rhyme, slams, snarls and suspense sweep us into the frenzied fan-packed stands as the Herbivores take on the Carns in this neck-and-neck, glee-inducing hockey game — you’ll swear you hear the icy echoes of organ taunts and shredding blades.

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Prejudice and Perfect Pitch: Across the Alley

Friday, April 27, 2007.

Across The AlleyAuthor: Richard Michelson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 GP Putnam & Son
ISBN: 0399239707

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Gorgeously illustrated and intimately told, this tale of friendship and understanding is an inspiring tribute to the distinctions and connections that define us.

A Father and Son Reunion: The Bat Boy and his Violin

Monday, October 16, 2006.

The Bat Boy and his ViolinAuthor: Gavin Curtis
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Published: 2001 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689841159

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In this touching tale, a frustrated and distant father comes to see his son through new eyes. Mark loves this one.

Generosity and The Great One: The Magic Hockey Stick

Thursday, August 24, 2006.

The Magic Hockey StickAuthor: Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas
Illustrator: Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas
Published: 2001 Which Books
ISBN: 0142300152

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Ok, maybe we like this book more than our girls do. Without a single hockey-loving bone in our all-Canadian bodies we still can’t help swelling up with some huge, undefined emotion when we read this book. Oh, and our girls enjoy it too.

 
 

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