Delicate Defiance: The Red Wolf

Tuesday, November 28, 2006.

The Red WolfAuthor: Margaret Shannon
Illustrator: Margaret Shannon
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618737448

Brimming with mystique and echoes of Sendak, this fresh fairy tale subtly, yet powerfully, casts light on the costs of safety and the value of freedom. Our whole family is entranced by this fabulous book.

Sounds from the Forest 1: Greg Fishbone Class of 2k7

Monday, November 27, 2006.

Class or 2k7Today at 2pm, Just One More Book! becomes a regular contributor to the online Children’s Literature Monthly Journal, The Edge of the Forest.

This information-packed online resource includes book reviews (from picture books to young adult), interviews, the latest news from the online children’s/YA literature community and much more.

Our monthly audio segment is called Sounds from the Forest. This month, Mark talks to Greg Fishbone, the founder of Class of 2k7, a collective of Children’s/YA authors with debut novels due for release in 2007.

Howlingly Hilarious: Dr. Xargle’s Book of Earth Hounds

Friday, November 24, 2006.

Dr. Xargle's Book of Earth HoundsAuthor: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842701703

Full of understated misinterpretations and over the top Tony Ross illustrations, this book is as hilarious for adults as it is for children. If your library doesn’t have a copy, we suggest swimming to the U.K. to find one. It’s worth the trip.

Interview with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, November 22, 2006.

Eleanor WachtelMark speaks with Eleanor Wachtel of CBC’s Writers and Company about the role books have played in her life, and the importance of children’s books.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to

Photo: CBC

A Mystery Hit: Too Many Books!

Monday, November 20, 2006.

Too Many Books!Author: Gilles Tibo
Illustrator: Bruno St-Aubin
Published: 2004 Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 0439967538

Of course, we are in complete agreement with the idea of this book: that books can provide valuable information and great entertertainment. We must admit, however, we’re a bit mystified at how much our girls love this book. They can never get enough of it.

Sibling Solidarity: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Friday, November 17, 2006.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed BigAuthor: Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator: Berkeley Breathed
Published: 2003 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316144258

Packed with action and emotion and carried by catapulting rhyme, this hilariously original story reminds us that caring siblings are gifts to be treasured.

We’re thankful for the caring sibling we have!

Two thankful Canadians wish you a safe & happy Thanksgiving season, wherever you are.

Who Owns The Air: Sanji and the Baker

Wednesday, November 15, 2006.

Sanji and the BakerAuthor: Robin Tzannes
Illustrator: Korky Paul
Published: 2005 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192722697

Argh!!! Another fabulous book that’s out of print. I sure hope you can find this great book at your local library.

This hilarious and thought-provoking tale of greed gets squeals of delight time after time.

A conversation with Sheree Fitch

Monday, November 13, 2006.

Sheree FitchOur family was extremely lucky to spend 3 hours chatting with author (Sleeping Dragons All Around), poet (If I Had a Million Onions) and all-round interesting person, Sheree Fitch. We had a great time!!

Mark has whittled the recording down to a 30-minute conversation that includes Sheree’s thoughts on writing for children, the Theology of Nonsense and the power of poetry.

For more on The Theology of Nonsense, listen to Sheree on Mark’s Podcast, Electric Sky.

Listener Input Show #6

Saturday, November 11, 2006.

In this episode, we discuss the way in which books can influence our lives, talk about Sheree Fitch‘s latest book of poems, If I Had A Million Onions, and play a listener submitted review:

We hope you’ll tell us about one of your favourite books too!

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.

Rivetting Respect: A Poppy is To Remember

Friday, November 10, 2006.

A Poppy Is To RememberAuthor: Heather Patterson
Illustrator: Ron Lightburn
Published: 2004 North Winds Press
ISBN: 0439967864

Softly spellbinding words and illustrations relay the story behind the poem “In Flanders Fields” and the commemorative wearing of poppies. Our girls are mesmerized by this book.

PS. I found this in this Monday’s Star: Wearing Poppies Brings Questions.

Featured in the November issue of Books for Keeps

Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

Just One More Book!! appears in the November 2006 issue of Books for Keeps, a children’s book magazine from the UK.

Books for Keeps has both a print and online edition. Click here to take a peek at the online edition.

Filed under: News and Notes

Choose Peace: And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends

Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be FriendsAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0440417767

Zesty, Seussian rhyme and illustrations hurl us to a crescendo of hardcore harmony. This book’s message is simple: Peace is a choice.

This episode is dedicated to Paul, his stepbrother Dan Johnson (Journey Inside My Mind Podcast), and their families in celebration of Paul returning home from the Navy. Coincidentally, Dan sent an audio comment about Ben’s Trumpet for this show as well.

For a great list of Peace promoting childrens books click here.


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