After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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

Tossed in Place: Falling For Rapunzel

Friday, January 30, 2009.

Falling For RapunzelAuthor: Leah Wilcox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lydia Monks (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142403997

Sweet, silly collage and guess-the-next-gag rhyme turn the traditional tale of tossed tresses into a merry carousel of misunderstanding and matchmaking.

More romantic reading on JOMB:

You will find the soon to be launched Kid City NY blog here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Julie Wilson is reunited with a childhood favourite, The Adventures of Super Pickle (no longer in print) after nearly thirty years.

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

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

Interview with Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

He’s the inspiration for many things in pop-culture including a race of aliens on Babylon 5, the name of a planet in the Star Wars: Rebellion video game and a CD of music. He’s written almost every type of literature. His book Coraline will be released as a movie on February 6th of this year, and yesterday, he won the 2009 Newbery award for The Graveyard Book.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Neil Gaiman talks about blogging, giving his books away for free on the Internet and keeping his fans up to date using Twitter.

Concise version of Neil Gaiman on the web

Photo from Neil’s Twitter feed.

Filed under: Author,Interviews,UK

Conversation with Matt Tavares

Monday, January 26, 2009.

Natural talent and dedication still need good role models, mentors and a few lucky breaks. In the context of today’s conversation, that applies equally to baseball and being a creator of children’s books.

To continue with the baseball motif, author/illustrator Matt Tavares has all the tools. He’s also a huge fan of baseball, as evidenced by many of his books, and he even has a baseball sounding name. It makes you wonder if his business card features his photo, position and career stats.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Matt Tavares about turning his senior thesis into his first published book, the ageless appeal of baseball stories and a kindergarten teacher who fostered his passion for art.

Lady Liberty

Thanks to Daniele Rossi and RuthDFW for submitting questions to ask Matt.

Books mentioned:

Music: Excerpt of Take Me Out to the Ballgame used as the conversation’s seventh-inning stretch.

Photos for the collage courtesy of Matt Tavares.

Woolly’s Got His Number: Mammoth Pie

Saturday, January 24, 2009.

Mammoth PieAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706594

Comedic visual details and snappy, cumulative verse remind us that cunning and co-operation can’t compensate for a grossly underestimated opponent in this hilarious account of six scrawny cavemen and their quest for Ice Age tourtière.

Other books mentioned:

And, what do you know, it’s the exact same story as our Just One More Book! theme song “Woolly Mammoth”, compliments of Robert Farrell.

Homemade Harmony: Cookies (Bite-Size Life Lessons)

Friday, January 23, 2009.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsAuthor: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Dyer (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006058081X

Sweet, silly, scrumptious little scenarios sneakily cement understanding of twenty-two slippery social concepts in this clever and captivating conversation-starter.

More recipes for happiness on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Baked goods are mightier than the sword in Jonny Goldstein‘s favourite, The Apple Strudel Soldier (by Tom McGowen and John E. Johnson).

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.

Help us interview Paul Rogers

Thursday, January 22, 2009.

Mark will be interviewing Paul Rogers, the amazingly talented artist and illustrator of books including Jazz A-B-Z and Forever Young, on Tuesday, February 3 (interview will be published on Monday, February 9).

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Paul?  Leave your question as a comment to this post or call it in to our listener hotline (+1.206.350.6487).  We’ll do our best to include community questions in the interview.

Filed under: News and Notes

Far-Out Friendship: The Way Back Home

Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

The Way Back HomeAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2007 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182325

Cheery, matter-of-fact narration and gorgeous fridge-door worthy art give us a mind’s eye view of one whopping lunar adventure in this beautiful tale of space travel, spunk and solidarity.

HOTLINE VOICES: Victoria Long fondly remembers her mother reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond) to her.

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.

Video Teaser of our Children’s Book Roadtrip

Monday, January 19, 2009.

We’re hard at work editing 13 hours of video, 25 hours of audio and over 2,000 pictures into a series of short documentaries about our 6-day children’s book roadtrip. To reward your patience, we’ve created this quick teaser of our visit with Lane Smith and Molly Leach.

Subscribers of our monthly email newsletter were able to see this video first! Our newsletter also features extra news items and additional audio never published on our website. Don’t miss out! Sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website,

Interview with Kinuko Craft

Monday, January 19, 2009.

There’s long been a distinction made between pure art and children’s picture book art. Picture book art has a tradition of being playful in all manner of stories, fun and serious, an approach not yet adopted by art puritans.

Inspired by the her grandfather’s books of renaissance art she enjoyed as a young girl, Kinuko Y. Craft has been creating some of the most sophisticated art ever to appear in picture books — books that she insists are mistakenly viewed as exclusively for children.

K. Y. Craft speaks with Mark about storytelling through art, the time it takes to complete each of her illustrations and her quest for the perfect painting.

The following books, illustrated by K. Y. Craft, are mentioned in the podcast:

Photo courtesy of K. Y. Craft.

Dorian Green: What’s with author and illustrator photos?

Saturday, January 17, 2009.

Why are author and illustrator photos so often so far out of date?

Listen to our discussion about author and illustrator photos then share your thoughts by either leaving a comment on our blog or leaving a voice message on our listener hotline, +1.206.350.6487.

Authors mentioned:

Thanks to Bob Staake for making us ageless in his great Just One More Book!! caricature.

Filed under: Discussions,Podcast

Extra! Extra! My Own Book to distribute 8000 books!

Friday, January 16, 2009.

My Own Book Founders Kyle & Brady BaldwinI first spoke with Kyle and Brady Baldwin in August of 2007. They were 16 and 14 respectively and the founders of the My Own Book Foundation, created to bring top quality books to the less fortunate.

It’s 2009, now. Kyle is 18 and a freshman in college, Brady is 16 and was at school when I called in response to an email they’d sent about the BestBuy @15 Challenge, which, in conjunction with GenV Youth Venture, was giving away money to youth changemakers.

As of today (January 16, 2009), My Own Book has distributed 17,311 books. Listen to this phone conversation find out how the @15 Challenge will help the foundation distribute another 8,000 books to people who need them.

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