Interview with Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Monday, March 31, 2008.

Photo of Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown provided by Marc Brown.More than a few parents — mostly fathers — have long dreaded that fateful question: Where do babies come from? It’s a stress that’s been handed down like an heirloom from generation to generation. Why are we so uncomfortable?

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown about their book What’s the Big Secret?, their decision to write the book as a fact book instead of a story book, and their experiences working on books together.

As a bonus, listen to the very end of the show, after the theme music, to hear a humourous story about Laurie and Marc’s first collaboration and how it earned Laurie a speeding ticket.

Other books mentioned

  • Dinosaur series
  • The Bionic Bunny Show

Photo of Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown provided by Marc Brown.

Greatness, Gratitude and Generosity: Piano Starts Here (The Young Art Tatum)

Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Piano Starts HereAuthor: Robert Andrew Parker
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker
Published: 2008 Random House (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375839658

Breezy, evocative images and fondly recalled, first-person narrative provide an intimate — if imagined — look at the early life and loves of Jazz legend, Art Tatum.

You can learn more about Art Tatum here.

More music on JOMB:

More books featuring visually impaired protagonists on JOMB:

Aaaaaaaaaah, Spring At Last: Hogwood Steps Out (A Good, Good Pig Story)

Friday, March 28, 2008.

Hogwood Steps OutAuthor: Howard Mansfield
Illustrator: Barry Moser
Published: 2008 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596432691

Spilling sunlight, squishy ground and the bliss of a fragrant breeze make the pleasant ponderings of a precocious pig a refreshing springtime read.

You can learn more about the real Hogwood here.

Other books mentioned:

Other favourite pigs on JOMB:

Slime, Crime and Greediness: The Three Fishing Brothers Gruff

Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

The Three Fishing Brothers GruffAuthor: Ben Galbraith
Illustrator: Ben Galbraith
Published: 2007 Hodder & Stoughton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0340893427

Stubble, nastiness, dead fish and debris transform foul fishing tactics into a riveting affair in this gloriously disagreeable cautionary tale.

You can learn more about the real Poverty Bay (home of author/illustrator, Ben Galbraith) and Bay of Plenty here and here.

Interview with Shannon Riggs

Monday, March 24, 2008.

Photo of Shannon Riggs from ShannonRiggs.comChildren’s books are well known to be portals to worlds unknown, entertainment and new ideas. They can also be — and are increasingly becoming — a great tool to help children understand the real world of which they are a part.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Shannon Riggs about the use of stories in issue books, character decisions for her book Not in Room 204 and using books to raise awareness of issues including child sexual abuse.

Other books mentioned

  • Faithful Elephants

Listener Submitted Reviews #19

Saturday, March 22, 2008.

One of the many things we enjoy about producing Just One More Book!! is receiving listener feedback and book reviews. We’ve heard from children, parents, and podcasters… and on a few occasions we’ve even accosted people to tell us about their favourite children’s books and fond memories of them — whether from their own childhood, with their own children or others. Everyone we’ve spoken to has had a great story to tell about children’s books.

It’s easy to share the stories about your favourite children’s books. We have voice feedback number and all you have to do is leave us a message and we’ll share your submission with the Just One More Book community. Call 206-350-6487 and record your review after the tone in the same way you’d leave a message on someone’s answering machine.

This listener submitted review comes from Kevin Hodgson from Kevin’s Meandering Mind blog. Kevin is a familiar name here. This is his third submission – proving just how easy it is to be a part of our show.

This time, Kevin reviews Mole Music (by David McPhail).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

The Sting of the Sidelined Sibling: Chloë’s Birthday. . . and Me

Friday, March 21, 2008.

Chloë's Birthday . . . and MeAuthor: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
Published: 2004 Atheneum/Anne Schwartz (on JOMB)
ISBN: 068986230X

In minty blues, greens and creams stirred with rich reds and chocolates, like childhood drawings brought magically to life, fabulous folk-art illustrations combine with perfectly picked childhood details to relay a true tale of envy, endurance and a sibling’s special day.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Year I Didn’t Go to School

You can learn more about Chloe and Giselle’s father and the family puppet troupe that brought them to Europe in the 1970’s here.

Problems downloading media files right now?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

A big thanks to Nate Williams for notifying us that there is a problem downloading our podcasts right now. As it turns out, there is a problem with Libsyn, the service provider that hosts our podcast files.

We will let you know when everything is up and running, again.

Update at 1:08pmET: Libsyn has identified the problem and restored service. Thanks, Libsyn!!!

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Plotting a Perfect Parent: Mama Robot

Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Mama RobotAuthor: Davide Cali
Translator: Marcel Danesi
Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantone
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768733

The cheeky mother-replacement schemings of a disgruntled son and a crackerjack combination of collage, paint and cleverly carefree scrawling make this hilarious showdown between the delights of imagined control and the irreplaceable affection of a loving mom a pore-over-each-page favourite.

Books and Resources mentioned:

Interview with Lita Judge

Sunday, March 16, 2008.

Photo of Lita Judge from litajudge.comImagine finding treasure in your attic, or the attic of a loved one. I’m not talking about a trunk filled with gold and precious stones. I’m talking about a box filled with the pieces of an amazing and true story.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Lita Judge, author and illustrator of One Thousand Tracings — a children’s book which tells the true story of the generosity of real people following World War II — about finding an incredible story in her grandparents’ attic, choosing to tell the story in a picture book and how her nomination for a Cybils online book award turned her into a blogger.

Matchless Compassion: Janusz Korczak’s Children

Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Janusz Korczaks Children

Author: Gloria Spielman
Illustrator: Matthew Archambault
Published: 2007 Kar-Ben Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822570505

Uncommonly rich illustrations and detailed, yet accessible, early reader text relay the haunting, true story of Janusz Korczak — doctor, writer, educator and champion of children’s rights.

You can read more about Janusz Korczak here.

Sharing Shaggy Friendship: Rosie — A Visiting Dog’s Story

Friday, March 14, 2008.

Rosie (A Visiting Dog's Story)Author: Stephanie Calmenson (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Justin Sutcliffe
Published: 1994 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0395654777

Crisp, candid photographs and friendly, fact-filled text tell the true tale of an exceptionally lovable dog who, through the generosity, skill and hard work of herself, her master, her trainers and vet, brings joy and companionship to strangers.

More stories about the impact of visiting dogs:


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