Storybook Sexuality: What’s the Big Secret?

Friday, September 29, 2006.

What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and BoysAuthor: Laurie Krasny Brown (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Brown (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316101834

With its casual, fun storybook approach and its familiar Marc Brown illustrations, this book smoothly and effectively demystifies sexuality, privacy, gender stereotypes, and more, well before mystification has a chance to begin. Our girls think this book is a riot!

Sweet Sanity: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad PigAuthor: Eugene Trivizas
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Published: 2003 Egmont Books
ISBN: 1405209453

Every aspect of the traditional tale is reversed to its ridiculous extreme in this perfectly worded and illustrated retelling of “The Three Little Pigs”. I guess it could be seen as light and corny — and maybe this makes me light and corny — but I find this story to be meaningful, relevant and full of hope. After all, wasn’t Einstein’s definition of insanity repeating an action and expecting a different result?

A play based on this book is available for download on the Egmont website

Sometimes We Need Strong Words: Elbert’s Bad Word

Monday, September 25, 2006.

Elbert's Bad WordAuthor: Audrey Wood
Illustrator: Audrey & Don Wood
Published: 2001 Harcourt Trade Publishers
ISBN: 0152013679

Today we team up with Associate Professor Vivian Vasquez‘s Critical Literacy In Practice (CLIP) Podcast to bring you two distinct discussions of “Elbert’s Bad Word”. Click below to hear our Just One More Book discussion, pop over to Vivian’s site to hear the story unpacked from the critical literacy perspective, and then share your thoughts on the subject by posting comments on either of our sites.

A Feast for Your Eyes: The Party

Friday, September 22, 2006.

The PartyAuthor: Barbara Reid
Illustrator: Barbara Reid
Published: 1999 Scholastic Canada, Ltd
ISBN: 0590124285

Plasticine illustrations magically bring to life this rollicking rhyming narration of a happy childhood memory. Anyone who has experienced (or imagined!) the rollercoaster of emotions that is a large family gathering will love this beautiful book.

Thank you Guido Stein (It’s A Purl Man), Karen, Vivian (Clip Podcast), Bob Goyetche, Mitch Joel (Six Pixels of Separation), C.C. Chapman (Accident Hash), Charles Cadenhead (Mostly News), Christopher Penn (Financial Aid Podcast), Bryan Person (New Comm Road), Chris Brogan (Grasshopper New Media), Jason Van Orden (Promoting Your Podcast), Dave LaMorte (Teaching for the Future), Jeff (A Life of Play), and Whitney Hoffman (LD Podcast)

Meegwetch Means Thank You: Nanabosho – How the Turtle Got Its Shell

Wednesday, September 20, 2006.

Nanabosho - How the Turtle Got Its ShellAuthor: Joseph McLellan
Illustrator: Rhian Brynjolson
Published: 1994 Pemmican Publications
ISBN: 0921827407

This modern retelling of a traditional Anishanabe tale, with its lively illustrations and characteristic yet current narration, brings to life the most adorable little turtle (who our family has named “Meegwetch”). This is one of our favourite Nanabosho books.

Interview with E. B. McHenry

Monday, September 18, 2006.

Today, Mark speaks with E. B. McHenry, author and illustrator of Poodlena, about pompadoured poodles, the creative process and the story within the story.

Just One More Book Promo

Sunday, September 17, 2006.

Here it is… our first Promo. It’s a minute long glimpse into the Just One More Book podcast, including clips from a number of our episodes. Feel free to pass it along!

Filed under: Promo,Review

Cousins in Cahoots: Too Many Tamales

Friday, September 15, 2006.

Too Many TamalesAuthor: Gary Soto
Illustrator: Ed Martinez
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 0698114124

Family harmony, humour and suspense make this beautifully illustrated story of collaboration and forgiveness a real hit.

Also in this episode:

The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Author: Spencer Johnson
Illustrator: Stephen Pileggi
Published: 1977 Value Communications
ISBN: 0916392066


With cartoony illustrations and stripped down stories the ValueTales Series of books use imaginitive devices to introduce young readers to historical figures and the personal attributes that helped them make a difference in their worlds.

If you are curious about the fate of the ValueTales, you can listen to an interesting interview about an attempt to revive these books on Mark’s ElectricSky podcast.

Happy Roald Dahl Day!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.


The first ever Roald Dahl Day is taking place on September 13, 2006 to mark what would have been the author’s 90th birthday and to celebrate his legacy.

This is a UK initiative, but who can resist celebrating Roald Dahl? So, grab something yellow and join in the fun at

Filed under: News and Notes

Listener Input Show #2

Monday, September 11, 2006.

Today, we’re pleased to present three listener-submitted reviews:

Submit your review and qualify for a draw to win an autographed copy of Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers (reviewed in an earlier edition of this Podcast).

Send your review (five-minutes or less) as an MP3 file in email to, phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487), leave a two-minute MyChingo, or send your text review in email. All submissions must be received no later than September 14, 2006. The winner will be announced on September 15, 2006.

Kindness Counts: Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

Thursday, September 7, 2006.

Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary DeedAuthor: Emily Pearson
Illustrator: Fumi Kosaka
Published: 2002 Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 0879059788

This story introduces the Pay It Forward concept of rippling kindess to the picture book crowd.


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