Paw-ject Runway: Doggie in the Window

Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

Doggie in the WindowAuthor: Elaine Arsenault
Illustrator: Fanny
Published: 2003 Groundwood Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0888996195

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Adorably hilarious illustrations and snappy, understated text make this imaginative tale of a truly crafty canine a swoon and coo storytime favourite.

If you’re wondering how on earth the author came up with this very bizaare plot, here’s your answer.

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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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Jeers, Cheers and Jeera: Treasure For Lunch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

Treasure for LunchAuthor: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrator: Yvonne Cathcart
Published: 2000 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896764320

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Bhajias, samosas and imaginative snowy play are front and centre in this appetizing tale of friendship, acceptance and the perceived risk of being seen as different.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to editor/author Sandhya Nankani for telling us about Divali Rose (by Vashanti Rahaman and Jamel Akib).

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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.

A Dog’s Eye View: Stella, Unleashed

Friday, September 19, 2008.

Stella, UnleashedAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Paul Meisel (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sterling Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1402739877

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Unabashed autobiographical poems and hilariously expressive illustrations provide the observations and opinions of a straight-shooting canine in this irresistible pooch-hood memoir.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Hugh Fraser of the Storynory podcast shares his thoughts on The Barefoot Book of Knights (by John Matthews and Giovanni Manna). Thanks, Hugh!

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Creative Vision: My Travelin’ Eye

Wednesday, August 6, 2008.

My Travelin' EyeAuthor: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Published: 2008 Henry Holt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805081690

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Funky paint and collage artwork and breezy first person narrative provide an eye-opening peek at a young girl’s experience with amblyopia and strabismus in this upbeat tale of personality, patches, perspective and pride.

You can read more about eye patching treatments 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.

Loving Your Label: Patrick the Somnambulist

Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Patrick the SomnambulistAuthor: Sarah Ackerley (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley
Published: 2008 Blooming Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1933831073

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Quiet absurdity and understated text relay the hilarious tale of a unique young penguin who swaps stigma for stupendous in this inspiring invitation to embrace our traits.

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Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Looking For Me: Ruby the Copycat

Friday, June 13, 2008.

Ruby The CopycatAuthor: Peggy Rathmann
Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
Published: 1991 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590474235

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Spare, natural dialogue, carefully chosen details and keenly expressive illustrations keep us alternately giggling and cringing at the delicate shifts of sentiment from uncertainty and admiration through flattery, imitation, loss of self and then frustration in this celebration of selfhood found.

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Truth, Tyranny and Teamwork: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyAuthor: Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316003956

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Creativity, dexterity, integrity and retentivity are raised to the rank of super-power as four stray eleven year olds battle mind-numbing media, personal misgivings and the elaborate scheming of a mind-sweeping megalomaniac in this puzzle-filled, cleverly hilarious page-turner.

You can watch a great little documentary about Carson Ellis’s album art fame here.

Loving Living: Some Helpful Tips For A Better World And A Happier Life

Saturday, May 31, 2008.

This episode of Just One More Book!! is dedicated to the memory of a good friend, Marcel Boudreau, a man who not only knew how to live a happy life, but helped others understand how to live their own happy lives. He made this a better world. We miss you, Marcel.

Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier LifeAuthor: Rebecca Doughty
Illustrator: Rebecca Doughty
Published: 2008 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375842721

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Life is sweet and short and moves so fast, sometimes we need a cheeky little book like this to remind us to stop to live and love our lives.

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You can find the lyrics for “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”, by Baz Lurhman, here.

 
 

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