Connecting with Val Willis: The Magic of ‘My Horse, My Passion’

Monday, June 30, 2008.

Val Willis with the original work 'My Horse, My Passion'Val Willis is connected to an extraordinary number of people through two things:

  • My Horse, My Passion: Riding tips for all ages, a book written by her daughter, Kenra, when Kenra was 11 years old; and,
  • Val’s energetic way of spreading good cheer to as many people as possible.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, we discover how a children’s book and an energetic soon-to-be 88 year-old woman has changed people’s lives.


If you would like more information about this book or to order copies, contact Val Willis at:

Thank you to This American Life and everyone at PAB2008 for the inspiration and motivation to create this program.

Listener Submitted Reviews #22

Saturday, June 28, 2008.

This listener submitted review comes from Kevin Hodgson of Kevin’s Meandering Mind blog. This is Kevin’s fifth review for our show! He’ll soon need his own theme music.

This time, Kevin shares his thought about Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco.

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 JOMB listener hotline (206-350-6487).

Need some inspiration? Give a listen to 21 previous listener submitted review episodes here.

Filed under: Listener Reviews

Cat Chance: A Very Improbable Story

Friday, June 27, 2008.

A Very Improbable StoryAuthor: Edward Einhorn (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Charlesbridge Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570918716

What’s the likelihood that a crusty feline sticking stubbornly to a boy’s skull expounding statistical concepts would not only be strangely engaging but would clearly communicate what probability is, what it’s not, how to pronounce it and how to use it to improve soccer scores? In this case, 100%

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Of Vice and Mensch: Such A Prince

Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Such A PrinceAuthor: Dan Bar-el (on JOMB)
Illustrator: John Manders (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618714685

Tabloid-style coverage, Looney-Toonesque illustrations and the feisty narration of a bohemian godmother transform the traditional tending of a love-sick princess into a comical read-again caper.

Other books mentioned:

Sounds Like Canada (June 23, 2008)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008.

At the request of the CBC, we have removed the excerpt of the Sounds Like Canada radio interview Mark was a part of. The interview aired across Canada on Monday, June 23.

The interview is available online as an episode of the Sounds Like Canada podcast. Click here to listen to it.


Filed under: Podcast

We’re on “Sounds Like Canada”

Monday, June 23, 2008.

CBC and Just One More BookWe are thrilled to announce that the Just One More Book! podcast was featured, along with Daniele Rossi’s Stuttering is Cool and Melinda Mason’s My Marilyn podcasts, on this morning’s edition of “Sounds Like Canada” — one of CBC’s two flagship coast-to-coast morning shows.

What an honour!

If you are a SLC listener who is stopping in for the first time, welcome! We’re glad you found us!

If not, you can listen to the SLC podcasting piece at the last 15 minutes of the audio segment here.

Filed under: News and Notes

Interview with Carmen Bernier-Grand

Monday, June 23, 2008.

Carmen Bernier-Grand and family (from risks requires courage. It could be the risk of changing careers, chasing a dream or trying something that’s not natural for you. It takes particular courage to take those risks in the presence of others.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Carmen Bernier-Grand, author of several books including Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico and a biography of Don Luis Munoz Marin, about trading her career in computer science for writing children’s books, the connection between mathematics and storytelling, writing about real people that have personal struggles and the challenge of writing a children’s picture book.


Listener Submitted Reviews #21

Saturday, June 21, 2008.

In this episode, we share two listener submitted favourites:

  • Wild About books (by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown) suggested by Marcelo Matalon

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 hotline (206-350-6487).

Filed under: Listener Reviews

Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Other books mentioned:

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Loss, Laughs and Loony-Proof Love: My Dad’s A Birdman

Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

My Dad's A BirdmanAuthor: David Almond (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636673

Airy illustrations, playful, British dialogue and sprightly dipping, gliding narrative give flight to a zany father-daughter adventure that dances delicately between tenderness, tomfoolery, hope and despair landing lightly in the comfort of allied abandon.

You can read the first three chapters of this book here.

More dreams of flying on JOMB:

Our Love of Reading Gallery – a work in progress

Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

Love of Reading - IsaacInterest in our Love of Reading Gallery exceeded our expectations. Submissions continue to arrive in our inbox despite the June 15 cutoff date and the number of people stopping by to admire the amazing artwork grows everyday.

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork for our gallery. Your work is incredible and we love being able to admire it — anytime and all the time — and share it with other children’s book enthusiasts.

Interviews with the artists whose artwork arrived on or before June 15 will be published beginning next month.

In the meantime, we have decided to continue accepting artwork for our gallery. Details on how to submit appear at the top of our Love of Reading Gallery page.

Love of Reading - Daniele RossiLove of Reading - Scot Ritchie Love of Reading - Tami RoosLove of Reading - EmmaLove of Reading - Eric Barclay
Love of Reading - Kim BeneLove of Reading - Chris Forrest Love of Reading - Colleen MaddenLove of Reading - Diana EvansLove of Reading - Oana Petrugan

Interview with Henrik Drescher

Monday, June 16, 2008.

Henrik DrescherAs with many creative disciplines, some children’s book creators produce works that are more artistic in nature — books that have limited commercial appeal. Those are the authors with small yet loyal fan base and you’re missing out by not knowing about them.

One such example is author and illustrator, Henrik Drescher, creator of many children’s books including Turbulence: A Log Book, Simon’s Book and Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale, and illustrator of books by Judy Sierra and Eric Metaxas.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Henrik Drescher speaks with Mark about his book McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge and Death (with a Happy Ending), storytelling mojo and the privilege of being a children’s book creator.

Other authors mentioned:


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