Bolstered by Zorgamazoo: An unusual post

Thursday, February 12, 2009.

ZorgamazooToday was a tough day.

But spending the evening reading aloud Zorgamazoo, Robert Paul Weston‘s incredibly uplifting, completely rhyming adventure novel, has actually whisked me away from the torment of reality.

So I’m stepping briefly out of our Just One More Book! grid to share with you a much-needed rallying cry from the reluctant (furry) hero of this fabulously sweet and exciting adventure:

“Now, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win,
but my Pop always told me: You never give in!
And if he were here now, I know what he’d say:
Morty, my son, when you’re caught in a fray,

or your travels are tough and the going is rough,
or you’re up to your neck in the slippery stuff,
or say some old robots are on the attack,
then I tell you, my son: You start fighting back!”

I’m not fighting back, literally, but I am bolstered. So Thank you, Morty. And thanks to Robert Paul Weston for this great rhyming ride.


Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

More Valentine’s Day reading on JOMB

You can find more books about books, reading and language on JOMB here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author and New York Times columnist, Mike Winerip explains why Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of his current favourite books.

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.

Conversation with Paul Rogers

Monday, February 9, 2009.

His work has included posters, murals, magazine art and logos.  Only recently has he become known for his children’s picture book illustrations with two books that carry musical themes; Jazz A-B-Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits with poems by Wynton Marsalis and the warmly illustrated Forever Young (the song by Bob Dylan).  He’s also a contributor to the Just One More Book!! Love of Reading Gallery.

On this edition, Graphic Artist and Illustrator Paul Rogers speaks with Mark about new collaborations with Wynton Marsalis, finessing with a computer and the permanence of children’s books.

Relevant links:

Just One More Book!! Love of Reading Gallery illustration by Paul Rogers.

Captivating Conservation: Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)

Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World's Rarest Creatures)Authors: Jonathan Baillie (on JOMB) and
Marilyn Baillie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Maple Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897349335

Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation.

HOTLINE VOICES: Mrs. Incredible talks about the poetic devotion she and her three year-old son share for A Light in the Attic (by Shel Silverstein).

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.

Choosing Love over Luxury: Ella’s Big Chance (A Jazz-Age Cinderella)

Friday, February 6, 2009.

Ella's Big ChanceAuthor: Shirley Hughes (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Published: 2003 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689873999

Rife with bobs, crops and cloche hats, beads, bangles and silk, this refreshing Roaring Twenties rendition of the traditional tale swaps the wincing minion for a spunky, talented and unflapperishly curvy Cinderella who, like another C-character we’ll all be watching this weekend, understands that we really don’t want everything we want.

More from the Jazz Era on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Maddy Lau of Styling with Renee Michelle shares her memories of The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint Exupéry).

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.

Which Children’s Book best represents your Marriage? Your Life?

Thursday, February 5, 2009.

Wonder of wonders, we actually remembered that today is our 10th Wedding anniversary… er well, today or tomorrow.

Happy Anniversary, Andrea!
Happy Anniversary, Mark!

To celebrate this important milestone, we’ve invented a meme and you’re invited to participate and to spread the challenge:

Which children’s book best represents your marriage? your life?

Leave us your answer as a comment, below, or if you choose to spread the meme, link to your own post.

Filed under: Podcast

Chuckles, Chats & Controversy: Mummy Never Told Me

Wednesday, February 4, 2009.

Mummy Never Told MeAuthor: Babette Cole (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Babette Cole (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Random House UK (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0099407132

Kids do wonder. Kids do ask. If you can think of questions that might make you squirm, you’ll likely find at least one of them in this hilariously illustrated exploration of the often-hushed. Have a chuckle, have a chat. We bet you’ll be glad you did.

Looking at the web, it seems that ours is an unpopular opinion. We’d love to hear where you stand…

More sexuality on JOMB:

More non-traditional families on JOMB:

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Just One More Book! on British Airwaves

Tuesday, February 3, 2009.

We’re thrilled to announce that our Just One More Book! podcast is being re-broadcast on terrestrial radio in Birmingham, UK (Thursday evenings at 9pm GMT). You can also tune in to Unity FM live using the internet, by clicking here.

Unity FM aims to build a confident community at ease with itself where individuals live together in harmony. Many thanks to Unity FM for making us part of it.

A big welcome to Unity FM listeners. We hope you’ll leave us a comment to tell us about your favourite children’s books — and that you’ll find some new favourites here on Just One More Book!

Click here for UK flavours on JOMB.

Filed under: News and Notes,UK

Conversation with Barry Root

Monday, February 2, 2009.

The economics of his first book experience had him doubting if being a children’s book illustrator was a viable career. We’ll spoil the story for you; it all works out. He continues to illustrate, and we get to enjoy books like The Araboolies of Liberty Street, Pumpkins: A Story for a Field, By My Brother’s Side and The Birthday Tree.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, illustrator Barry Root talks about his relative anonymity on the web (his own website will be available soon), the time investment for illustrating books and turning down work.

Related links

Photo courtesy of Barry Root.


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