Reptilian Rivalry: Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise

Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Spotty & Eddie Learn to CompromiseAuthor: Lisa M. Chalifoux
Illustrator: Heather Castles
Published: 2008 Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425155472

What could be more giggle-inducing than recognizing our own human foibles in a pair of sweet and spunky turtles? With its slapstick, smiles and airy, upbeat illustrations, this simple story helps us laugh at the silliness of squabbles and invites us to find a better way.

You can sneak a peek at the whole book on Heather Castles’ blog, here!

More turtles on JOMB:

Just One More Book leaves the MommyCast and Friends Family Channel

Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

The MommyCast and Friends Family Channel launched in October 2007 with its initial lineup of podcasts — including Just One More Book. Earlier today we sent a note to Paige and Gretchen announcing our decision to leave the network. We parted on very good terms and we’re happy to say that we have made some new friends along the way. We wish them success with the network and look forward to meeting up with them, again.

Filed under: News and Notes

Interview with Natasha Wing

Monday, January 28, 2008.

Natasha Wing in her office (from she was little she wanted to be a teacher, in high school a tennis player and in college a paleontologist. She eventually went into advertising before starting her own public relations firm and since 1992 has been an author of children’s books.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author Natasha Wing about writing for 5-8 year-olds, the parallels of baking and writing children’s books, and exploring different styles.

Books mentioned:

  • The Night Before Halloween
  • Go to Bed, Monster! ***
  • The Night Before Easter
  • ‘The Night Before’ series

***Be sure to check out the complete list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here.


The Bee’s Knees: Jazz ABZ (An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits)

Saturday, January 26, 2008.

 Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits Author: Wynton Marsalis and Phil Schaap
Illustrator: Paul Rogers (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763621358

Vintage poster-style illustrations and meticulously crafted poems pay tribute to the skill, spirit and style of twenty-six jazz greats, from A to Z.

Exquisite Insanity: There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen!

Friday, January 25, 2008.

There Were Monkeys In My KitchenAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 1992 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254709

Concentrated comedy, chaos, and commotion explode from every detail-packed image and fervent verse of this frenzied celebration of syllables and silliness.

Is it just me, or does this book perfectly capture the pandemonium of parenting?

Other books mentioned:

  • Mabel Murple

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Earned Learning: Ruby’s Wish

Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Ruby's WishAuthor: Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811834905

The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream — and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.

You can help make a dream come true today by joining the effort to provide schooling and stability for autistic children in China. To learn more click here.

Interview with Eva Ibbotson

Monday, January 21, 2008.

Photo of Eva Ibbotson from Camden New JournalHer books are wonderfully imaginative, action-packed, suspenseful and filled with vividly humourous characters and situations with great messages about human nature.

And today, January 21, 2008, she’s celebrating her 83rd birthday. (Happy Birthday, Ms. Ibbotson!)

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author Eva Ibbotson about — among other things — her childhood experiences, her writing process and style, and why children connect with orphans.

Books mentioned:

Click here for Eva Ibbotson book reviews by Lucy.

Schumann’s Cello Concerto, third movement from the Internet Archive (performers unknown).

Photo: Camden New Journal

Interview with Henry Winkler

Monday, January 21, 2008.

Photo of Henry Winkler from the American Library AssociationAccording to the website, Government statistics show 25 million Americans are functionally illiterate. The primary cause is dyslexia or one of its many variants.

Through their children’s book series, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, co-authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler share the struggles and triumphs of a resourceful elementary school student as he deals with the challenges that come with dyslexia. The stories are based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences with the disorder.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with actor, director, producer and author, Henry Winkler about becoming an author and his relationship with Hank Zipzer, his struggles with reading and learning, and what we can do to help our children.

This is episode 300 of Just One More Book!!

UPDATE: Click here to see the transcript of this interview.

Photo: American Library Association

Interview with Margaret Eaton about Family Literacy Day

Saturday, January 19, 2008.

Margaret Eaton, President, ABC CANADA Literacy FoundationJanuary 27 is the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation‘s Family Literacy Day; an event that celebrates and promotes literacy, with a family twist.

Across the country, libraries, schools, community centres, arts centres, and homes — maybe even your home — will be hosting events and reading children’s books. It’s a great excuse to read a book with your child, if you need one.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Margaret Eaton, President of the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation about literacy and this year’s Family Literacy Day.

Authors mentioned:

Mark refers in this interview to the following quote from a recent post on Jen Robinson’s Book Page. Jen wrote last January, in an article about a talk that Jen heard by read-aloud advocate Jim Trelease, that:

“He (Trelease) suggested that we need some sort of national campaign to inform people all over the country of the importance of exposing their kids to more words every day, and encouraging them to enjoy reading. He gave an analogy to the campaign that was used to successfully cut the incidence of smoking in this country by 50% over 40 years, a combination of informing people, scaring people, and insulting people, and thinks that we need to try something similar in American homes re: reading.”

More statistics and literacy tidbits referenced by Mark in this interview can be found here:

Photo: ABC Canada

Straight from the Pooches’ Mouths: Good Dog

Friday, January 18, 2008.

Good DogAuthor: Maya Gottfried
Illustrator: Robert Rahway Zakanitch
Published: 2005 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0553113836

Full page, personality-packed portraits, deceptively adorable sketched studies and frank, enthusiastic poems reveal the charm and distinct characters of sixteen beguiling breeds in this irresistible celebration of spunky, demanding, affectionate, rambunctious, cantankerous, lovable dogs.

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Of Songbirds and Suffrage: She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head

Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her HeadAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Catrow (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786811641

Scowls, gasps and frowns abound in this surprisingly informative yet thoroughly entertaining account of the Audubon Society, its origins and its triumph over the silliness of the dead-bird fashion industry.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Ballot Box Battle

You can read more about John Audubon’s Bird’s of America here.

Interview with Jane Ray

Monday, January 14, 2008.

Photo of Jane Ray from twenty years, Jane Ray has been dazzling the children’s book world with rich and exotic illustrations for stories that include fairy tales, cultural and biblical stories, Shakespeare and more. She’s become involved in promoting awareness of green issues and the inclusion of children with disabilities in books as part of the In The Picture project. In March of this year, Ms. Ray will publish The Apple Pip Princess, her second book as both an author and illustrator.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Jane Ray about museums for inspiration, exploring the darker aspects of stories and what we can expect in The Apple Pip Princess.

Books mentioned:

  • Can You Catch a Mermaid?
  • The Apple Pip Princess

Related resources:

Jane Ray books reviewed on Just One More Book:


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