Chat with Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky

Monday, September 29, 2008.

Paul O. Zelinsky (photo from book art comes in many forms and styles.  It can be vibrant and playful, lush and detailed, sketch-like and minimalist, and even explosive like pop-up books.

Because he has so effectively used different styles of art and writing in his books including Rapunzel, The Shivers in the Fridge and The Wheels on the Bus, Paul O. Zelinsky can’t really be described in just a few words.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky talks about being a student of Maurice Sendak, the qualities of different styles of art and how they reflect fantasy and reality, and how we connect with illustrations.

Other books mentioned:

To hear more from Mr. Zelinsky, subscribe to our monthly newsletter at and look for him in our October 2008 issue.

Great minds think alike: Once again our 7imp buddies and ourselves have a common guest. Be sure to check out Paul O. Zelinsky’s visit with Jules & Eisha today on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

The intro to this episode was recorded by Mark at gate C18 in Dulles International Airport during his trip home from the second annual Kidlit Conference, this year in Portland, OR.


Pondering Self-Publishing

Saturday, September 27, 2008.

Today we stray from our standard format for an unplanned and extremely rambly chat about our observations of and unqualified opinions about self-publishing children’s books.

Books mentioned:

For self-publishing and small publishing featured on JustOneMoreBook!, click here.

Don’t Miss it Entirely: KidLit08 on Twitter

Saturday, September 27, 2008.

Wishing you were neck-deep in KidLit experts, creators and enthusiast, but stuck at home, like me?

You can follow the kidLit08 Conference in Portland, OR minute-by-minute here.

Filed under: News and Notes

Fear-free Flying: The Noisy Airplane Ride

Friday, September 26, 2008.

The Noisy Airplane RideAuthor: Mike Downs
Illustrator: David Gordon
Published: 2003 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582461570

Whirrrs, roars, thuds, clunks and dings are exposed as the expected soundtrack of a safe and exciting flight in this warm and reassuring, rhyming adventure.


This episode is dedicated to our friends and fellow children’s literature authors, illustrators and enthusiasts all over North America who at this very moment are boarding planes, trains and automobiles en route to the Second Annual KidLit Conference in Portland, Oregon. Have a FABULOUS time!

Pop over to The Miss Rumphius Effect for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Kristen Chase of Motherhood Uncensored and Cool Mom Picks in Atlanta, Georgia shares her thoughts on a Canadian Classic: The Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko). Thanks, Kristen!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

No Holts Barred: Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)Author: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079963

Cluttered with comedy, melodrama and earthy, Looney-Toonesque artwork, this brilliant guide to social success is as hilarious as it is helpful.

(…er…actually….maybe more hilarious than helpful, as we now hear our girls screaming at each other “DO UNTO OTTERS, REMEMBER, DO UNTO OTTERS!!!!!”)

Other books mentioned:

HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit: Motherhood in Alaska shares her thoughts about The Little Golden Book Anthologies.

Family Fun Magazine says is “A Web Site We Love”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008.

Family Fun MagazineHOLY COW!!!

Just One More Book!! is featured on page 109 of the October 2008 issue of Disney’s Family Fun Magazine. The banner of the feature identifies JOMB as “A Site That Makes It Easy to Find Great Kids’ Books” and a “Web Site We Love”.

What an honour to be in the magazine and to be featured alongside Esmé Raji Codell’s (click here to listen to an interview we did with Esmé) and

Thank you to Ruth Spiro and Family Fun Magazine, and welcome to all of the Family Fun readers!

Click here to view a large version of our Family Fun Magazine collage.

Filed under: News and Notes

Interview with Jon Scieszka: The True Story of The National Book Festival

Monday, September 22, 2008.

National Book Day with Ambassador Jon ScieszkaFor the last 8 years, the United States Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council have hosted an amazing celebration of literacy and children’s books. It’s called The National Book Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 27th 2008. Thousands are expected to join in the festivities and meet authors and illustrators. And many more will be celebrating across the globe, thanks to The Young Readers’ Toolkit.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, I’m joined by Jon Scieszka author of a long list of fabulously original books including Science Verse and Math Curse, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to talk about this year’s National Book Festival, his role in promoting literacy and balancing a child’s reading diet.

Books mentioned:

For more information about the National Book Festival, click here.

To join into the festivities from afar by accessing the Young Readers’ Toolkit, click here.

Special thanks to Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page for lending her expertise as we prepared for this interview.

A Very Groovy Award

Sunday, September 21, 2008.

A huge thanks to Lizzie Millar of Shelf Elf for bestowing upon us this nice little award. (We’re always surprised to be reminded that our collection of show notes does amount to a blog).

Thank you, Lizzie!

The honour does come with a few responsibilities (we’ve got honour and responsibility — It’s a very groovy award). Here are the rules:

  • Add the logo of the award to your blog
  • Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
  • Nominate at least 7 other blogs
  • Add links to those blogs on your blog
  • Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs

Seven, of course, is way too few so let’s just go with the following fabs:

Thanks to these seven and the many others that bring children and reading together each day.

Filed under: News and Notes

Dogged Determination: Night Running (How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog)

Saturday, September 20, 2008.

Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful DogAuthor: Elisa Carbone
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 037582247X

Haunting, heartbreaking and not for the faint of heart, this gorgeously illustrated true tale of trial and triumph opens our eyes to the horrors of slavery and the depths of devotion of one loyal dog.

More helpful dogs on JOMB:

For more information about The Cybils, The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, pop over to Cybils Central, check out the 2007 and 2006 winners and prepare to nominate your favourites of 2008.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener shares her thoughts about The Land of Smeared.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

A Dog’s Eye View: Stella, Unleashed

Friday, September 19, 2008.

Stella, UnleashedAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Paul Meisel (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sterling Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1402739877

Unabashed autobiographical poems and hilariously expressive illustrations provide the observations and opinions of a straight-shooting canine in this irresistible pooch-hood memoir.

Other books mentioned:

More canine poetry on JOMB:

Pop over to author amok for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Hugh Fraser of the Storynory podcast shares his thoughts on The Barefoot Book of Knights (by John Matthews and Giovanni Manna). Thanks, Hugh!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Extra! Extra!: Just One More Book! Newsletter

Thursday, September 18, 2008.

Just One More Book! PodcastToday we will be sending out sent out the first edition of our Just One More Book!!  e-Newsletter.

This edition contains announcements about our upcoming:

  • Picture Book Pilgrimage,
  • children’s book and literacy related conference activities, and
  • exciting autumn guests

as well as extra, unpublished audio from our recent conversations with:

If you would like to subscribe to our free newsletter, you can find a sign-up form here.

Filed under: News and Notes

Chilly Silliness: The Shivers in the Fridge

Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

The Shivers in the FridgeAuthor: Fran Manushkin
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Published: 2006 Dutton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525469435

Crankiness, chattering teeth and camouflaged edible architecture make this unusual icebox exodus a surprisingly popular adventure in puns and perspective.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Martha Bennett Stiles shares her thoughts on The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales (by Anne Shelby). Thanks for calling, Martha!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.


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