Interview with Kate and Jim McMullan

Monday, January 22, 2007.

Jim and Kate McMullanAuthor and illustrator team, Kate and Jim McMullan, share a behind the scenes peek at the making of Nutcracker Noel — an “anti-romantic”, humourous, realistic book about ballet — and try to explain to us how such a wonderful, timeless book could go out of print.

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Other books mentioned: I Stink!

Photo: New York Social

Happy Being Me: Suki’s Kimono

Wednesday, January 3, 2007.

Suki's KimonoAuthor: Chieri Uegaki
Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch
Published: 2003 Kids Can Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1553377524

This effervescent story, with its vivid, carefree illustrations and its protaganist’s refreshing win-win attitude, is a rousing celebration of individuality and joie de vivre. We love Suki!!

About Attitude: Nutcracker Noel

Friday, December 15, 2006.

Nutcracker NoelAuthor: Kate McMullan
Illustrator: Jim McMullan
Published: 1996 Harper Collins Canada, Limited
ISBN: 0062059106

Snappy dialogue and hilariously realistic body language bring to life a story that clearly illustrates the magic of a carefully crafted perspective. Generously sprinkled with subtle humour (for both adult and child), this is a year round family favourite.

We’ve received a lovely, meaty note from author, Kate McMullen. Check it out here.

Choose Peace: And To Think That We Thought That We’d Never Be Friends

Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be FriendsAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0440417767

Zesty, Seussian rhyme and illustrations hurl us to a crescendo of hardcore harmony. This book’s message is simple: Peace is a choice.

This episode is dedicated to Paul, his stepbrother Dan Johnson (Journey Inside My Mind Podcast), and their families in celebration of Paul returning home from the Navy. Coincidentally, Dan sent an audio comment about Ben’s Trumpet for this show as well.

For a great list of Peace promoting childrens books click here.

A Prehistoric Party: Quennu and the Cave Bear

Wednesday, October 11, 2006.

Quennu and the Cave BearAuthor: Marie Day
Illustrator: Marie Day
Published: 1999 Maple Tree Press
ISBN: 0613266862

Our girls are completely engrossed by this story of a young girl, not so unlike them, who participates in a community celebration 30,000 years ago.

This story has long been a favourite and became even more interesting to our girls upon news of the recent discovery of a much more ancient three-year-old female hominin known now as “Lucy’s Baby“.


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