Superheroes, Sabayad and SUVs: My Friend Jamal

Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

My Friend JamalAuthor: Anna McQuinn
Illustrator: Anna McQuinn and Ben Frey
Published: 2008 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1554511224

Beaming boyhood bliss pops from zesty action-packed photography-and-paint collage as a spunky seven year old proudly presents the shared adventures and intriguing details of life with his very best bud, Jamal — who happens to be Somali.

Interview with Kyra Hicks

Monday, April 28, 2008.

Kyra HicksChildren’s books are a phenomenal way to share the remarkable stories of real people. It makes you wonder how generations before us managed to enjoy stories exlusively through the oral tradition, without the combined talents of storytellers and artists.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Kyra Hicks about magazine articles inspiring books, emphasizing the positive to move a story forward and how Kyra herself has become passionate about the subject of her book.

Relevant links

Listener Submitted Reviews #20

Saturday, April 26, 2008.

This listener submitted review comes from Kevin Hodgson of Kevin’s Meandering Mind blog. This is Kevin’s fourth review for our show (keep them coming!), and this time he reviews The Three Pigs (by David Wiesner).

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).

Seek First To Understand: No English

Friday, April 25, 2008.

No EnglishAuthor: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrator: Amy Huntington
Published: 2007 Mitten Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1587264749

Familiar schoolyard dynamics, effective body language and detailed personal narrative relay a story of friendship fumbled and then found, reminding us that despite any biological logic behind our urge to jump to the least desirable conclusion, we’re usually happiest when we don’t.

Oh, Give Me A Home: Buffalo Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Buffalo MusicAuthor: Tracey Fern
Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Published: 2008 Clarion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618723412

A feisty, self-aware pioneer woman, the man who knows and loves her and the coddling of a cabin full of beautiful baby bison — what more could a pet-deprived young reader ask for?

Based on the true story of Mary Ann Goodnight‘s determination to save the Texas buffalo and told with humour and a Texan twang, this is an inspiring story of hard work and simpler times.

You can read more about Mary Ann and Charles Goodnight here and here.

We’re in the Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

Ottawa Citizen photo of Mark & Andrea

We’re pleased to announce that Just One More Book! is the subject of a great article in today’s Ottawa Citizen.

You can read the online version of the article here.

Thanks to Kate Heartfield of The Ottawa Citizen for joining us for our review of “Taj Mahal” and for the great article. You can read Kate’s blog here.

If you’re an Ottawa Citizen reader who is joining us for the first time, welcome! We hope you find some new favourite children’s books – and that you’ll tell us about some of your old ones.

Filed under: News and Notes

Interview with Andrea Beaty

Monday, April 21, 2008.

Andrea BeatyIt can be easy to overlook how much enjoyment a young bear and an obsessive student can derive from life. That’s probably why we invented picture books and creative writers.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Andrea Beaty (Andrea Beaty’s blog), who’s book Iggy Peck, Architect was one of Time Magazine’s top 10 children’s books of 2007, about writing light picture books and a deep young reader novel, working with different illustrators and not preaching to readers.

Books mentioned:

Photo: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Filed under: Author,Interviews

Feudal Food, Facts & Fanfare: A Medieval Feast

Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Medieval FeastAuthor: Aliki (a.k.a. Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg)
Illustrator: Aliki
Published: 1983 HarperTrophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0064460509

Generous illustrations with a fifteenth century flair combine with friendly, accessible narrative to make this well-researched account of the exhaustive preparations for and extravagance of a medieval feast an engaging story time favourite.

Wheelchair Accessible: Best Friend on Wheels

Friday, April 18, 2008.

Best Friend on WheelsAuthor: Debra Shirley
Illustrator: Judy Stead
Published: 2008 Albert Whitman (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0807588687

Cheery illustrations and fast moving rhyme expose our awkward first encounters with physical challenges and the rich rewards we may find beyond them in this upbeat celebration of a friendship and fun.

Sun, Snubs and Striving: My Best Friend

Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

My Best FriendAuthor: Mary Ann Rodman
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Puffin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142408069

Sunshine bounces from dancing water on every page of this gorgeously captured exploration of poolside politics and the prevalent pain of unrequited attentions.

Interview with Lizann Flatt

Monday, April 14, 2008.

Photo of Lizann Flatt from Lizann's blog, The Flatt PerspectiveWriting a great story is about knowing the role you’re taking on as the author, the audience you’re trying to reach and the media you’re using.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Lizann Flatt, former editor of the Canadian children’s magazine chickaDEE and the author of four children’s books, about her interest in non-fiction, the difference between stories in magazines and picture books, and balancing being an author of one format and an editor of another.

Books mentioned:

  • Let’s Go: The Story of Getting from There to Here
  • The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World
  • Backgammon for Kids
  • India (Facts About Countries)

Photo of Lizann Flatt from Lizann’s blog, The Flatt Perspective

Listener Feedback

Saturday, April 12, 2008.

On this edition we play an audio comment from John Meadows of the On the Log podcast (one of Mark’s favourite podcasts), Mark explains K7 days and announces the sketch of us by Bob Staake.

Relevant links:

Books mentioned:

  • Tom Sawyer
  • Lost in the Barrens
  • The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be

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).


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