Criticism, Confidence and Caring: A Very Unusual Dog

Friday, February 8, 2008.

A Very Unusual DogAuthor: Dorothy Joan Harris
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439937183

Hazy, gold and red, retro artwork and snappy, all-too-familiar bickering make this simple yet surprisingly stirring tale of rivalry and resilience a memorable reminder of a decided route to happiness.

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Lace, Lore and Laughter: Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair

Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive HairAuthor: Deborah Blumenthal
Illustrator: Mary GrandPre
Published: 2007 Pelican Publishing Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1589804910

Warmth, humour and fond remembrance waft through this beautifully worded and evocatively illustrated exploration of a young girl’s family tree — and the traits, trinkets and togetherness that sustain it.

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Interview with Simon James

Monday, February 4, 2008.

Simon JamesAs a child, he spent much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books. His path to eventually becoming a children’s book author and illustrator — and ambassador of learning — included stops as a police officer, restaurant worker, real estate agent and farm worker.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Simon James about illustrations as a tool for creative development, single books that become book series and the globalization of children’s literature.

As a bonus, at the very end of this podcast, Mr. James tells the story of how his book Baby Brains came to be.

Book mentioned:

  • Baby Brains
  • Baby Brains and Robomum
  • My Friend Whale
  • Dear Mr. Blueberry
  • Leon and Bob

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Skill & Survival: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish

Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called FishAuthor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Beth Krommes (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618548955

Soothing speculation, striking details and spellbinding scratchboard art present a gripping account of The Karluk‘s last icy voyage and the strength and resourcefulness that beat all odds.

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Sixths Sense: Full House (An Invitation to Fractions)

Friday, February 1, 2008.

Full House - An Invitation to FractionsAuthor: Dayle Ann Dodds (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Abby Carter (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763624683

Cheerfully wobbly illustrations combine with rhyme, repetition and a cast of colourful characters to make this sneaky introduction to fractions a read-aloud hit.

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


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