Interview with Kathy Lowinger

Wednesday, September 12, 2007.

Tundra BooksIn 1967, May Cutler founded Tundra Books, a Canadian Book publishing house with a number of fundamental and, at the time, very progressive goals:

  • Focus on creating children’s books
  • Create children’s books as works of art
  • Introduce children to important issues

On this edition of Just One More Book, I speak with Kathy Lowinger, publisher of Tundra Books.


Baffled Bullies & Beatles’ Tunes: Oops! (A Preston Pig Story)

Monday, September 10, 2007.

Oops!Author: Colin McNaughton
Illustrator: Colin McNaughton
Published: 1997 Harcourt Brace (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152015884

Dialogue bubbles, repetition, huge text and page after page of visual slapstick make this twist on Little Red Riding Hood a satisfying read-along for even the youngest of readers.

Other books mentioned:

We can’t help directing you to some of our other pig-centric favourites:

Waiting at The Door to Unger: Knock 7

Saturday, September 8, 2007.

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to UngerWaiting at the Door to Unger is our ongoing series of Podcast interviews in which we follow the process of writing, editing and publishing Lee Edward Fodi‘s book Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, the long awaited sequel to Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers.

In this seventh knock, I speak with Lee Edward Fodi about the excitement building up towards the October release of The Door to Unger.

Thinking Rules: Library Lion

Friday, September 7, 2007.

Library LionAuthor: Michelle Knudsen
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763622621

We want them to follow the rules. We want them to think for themselves. This softly sweet and thoroughly entertaining book may help them understand why.

Other books mentioned:

For more information on Universal Truths, check out CBC radio journalist and father of Canadian podcasting Tod Maffin‘s eBook From Idea To Air — or, better yet, his not-to-be-missed From Idea To Air presentation.

Interview with Eve Bunting

Wednesday, September 5, 2007.

Eve BuntingIt’s not easy growing up. Besides reading, writing and arithmetic, there are life lessons to learn and emotions to deal with. It’s especially difficult when death is part of the equation.

Eve Bunting is a master of helping children to understand the world around them and validating emotions. She’s published over 200 books and some of her best known work tackles issues including war, unrest and the loss of a friend.

Eve Bunting is our guest on this edition of Just One More Book.

Books mentioned:

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Photo: Sloan Bunting

Please DO NOT Join Quechup. And Sorry.

Monday, September 3, 2007.

I recently returned from vacation to a very full inbox.

In my rush to address the email backlog and in response to several invitations in my inbox, I hurriedly registered for

As step 2 of the registration, I was asked to log in to my email account and given the option to send invitations to a list of 15 or so contacts which the Quechup software must have pulled from my email account. I marked all listed contacts as “do not invite” (or whatever the wording was).

I awoke this morning to the horror of an inbox full of out-of-office notifications in response to the many invitations that obviously resulted.

If you received an invitation which is supposedly from me, please accept my sincere apology and please disregard and delete the email(s) and definitely DO NOT register with Quechup (I’ve deleted my account but unfortunately our JOMB logo remains visible on the site). I did not send you this email, nor did I knowingly approve of it being sent to you.

I feel very stupid. I was scammed**.
I am sorry.

** I have since learned that I was in very good company getting caught by this email hacking spam scam. For example.

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Living From the Heart: Falling Angels

Monday, September 3, 2007.

Falling AngelsAuthor: Colin Thompson
Illustrator: Colin Thompson
Published: Random House UK (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0091768179

Spellbindingly surreal illustrations contrast with matter-of-fact narrative to relay this thought provoking story of perspective, choice and inter-generational connection: “All you have to do is keep your dreams”.

Other books mentioned:

More books about flying:

We’re Back!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007.

Whale watching was WONDERFUL!We’re fresh off the train from a wonderful August of whale watching, beach combing, camping and connecting on the Atlantic Coast of Canada.

We’re not exactly well-rested but the break from all our internet, cell phone, blackberry, newspaper, radio etc. habits was an amazingly refreshing change of pace and we’re recharged and ready for the excitement of a new school season.

If during our media hiatus you were kind enough to send us mail, email or comments, thank you! And … please be patient as we sift through our waiting correspondence. We will reply very soon!

Wishing you all the best in the 2007-2008 Academic Year!

Mark & Andrea

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