A Reader’s High: Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast

Friday, October 12, 2007.

Tyrannosaurus Was a BeastAuthor: Jack Prelutsky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Published: 1988 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688115691

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Full of meaty words, infectious beats and fact*-based blackish humour, this invigorating feast of illustrated, dinosaur poems is permanently woven into the fabric of our family.

*The facts upon which the poems are based are twenty years out-of-date — but what’s twenty years between 225 million year old friends?

Great Deeds from Dull to Daring: Seven Brave Women

Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

Seven Brave WomenAuthor: Betsy Hearne
Illustrator: Bethanne Andersen
Published: 1997 Greenwillow Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0060799218

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Radiant with peace and perseverance, this beautiful string of family remembrances gently sips and savours the contributions of seven remarkably unremarkable women.

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Of Worth and Wisdom: The King’s Equal

Friday, January 19, 2007.

The King's EqualAuthor: Katherine Paterson
Illustrator: Vladimir Vagin
Published: 1992 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006443396X

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Generously illustrated and beautifully told, this story of companionship and cunning invites us to play with perspectives and the possibility that perhaps the greatest magic is the support of a friend.

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Slapstick Silliness: Wait! No Paint!

Friday, December 29, 2006.

Wait! No Paint!Author: Bruce Whatley
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Published: 2001 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064435466

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It’s a bad day for the Three Little Pigs. Full of slapstick silliness and colourful character/illustrator interactions, this twist on the traditional tale tickles our two.

The Cat’s Meow: Ben’s Trumpet

Wednesday, October 25, 2006.

Ben's TrumpetAuthor: Rachel Isadora
Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Published: 1991 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688109888

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Kinetic, black and white illustrations and understated text bring to life a story of passion and hope that clearly illustrates both the power and the fragility of our mind’s eye view.

A Read Aloud Dream: The Dragons Are Singing Tonight

Monday, August 14, 2006.

Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Peter Sis
Published: 1998 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688161626

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I will always extend our storytime by one book, if this is it. These seventeen poems are a read aloud dream. They feel great in the mouth, evoke a good range of moods and emotion and end with a rousing glint of intrigue that brings the reading to a perfect close.

Feudal Food, Facts & Fanfare: A Medieval Feast

Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Medieval FeastAuthor: Aliki (a.k.a. Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg)
Illustrator: Aliki
Published: 1983 HarperTrophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064460509

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Generous illustrations with a fifteenth century flair combine with friendly, accessible narrative to make this well-researched account of the exhaustive preparations for and extravagance of a medieval feast an engaging story time favourite.

 
 

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