Death Defying, Doubted Deeds: Marco Polo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Marco PoloAuthor: Demi  (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Demi
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761454330

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It’s hard to believe that fifty-six pages of 700 year old travel details could consistently engross two seven and nine year old girls. Hard to believe, but, in the case of this beautifully illustrated and mesmerizing window to the world, nothing but the truth.

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You can read more about the veracity debate over Marco Polo’s incredulous journey here.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener tells us about a book loved by both herself and son, the rhythmic and rhyming Bear Wants More (by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman).

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Thanks to our daughter Lucy (9) for contributing the title of this post.

Of Fibre and Friendship: The Story Blanket

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.

The Story BlanketAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB), Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Peachtree Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706942

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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed goodwill, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Toni Patten shares a few of her family’s favourites including anything by Dr. Seuss, poetry books by Shel Silverstein, and books Goodnight Moon and There’s a Monster in My Closet.

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A Soothing Celebration: Snow

Friday, November 28, 2008.

SnowAuthor: Cynthia Rylant (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lauren Stringer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152053034

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Welcoming snowscapes, glowing orange coziness and carefully, crafted verse capture our very personal yet wonderfully universal relationship with snow in this exquisite reflection on the fleeting sweetness of life.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Blogger and soon to be published children’s book author Candace Ryan shares a creative review (with a Thanksgiving twist) of Blue Hat, Green Hat (by Sandra Boynton).

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Welcome to Just One More Book!! If you’re a newcomer to our website or are unfamiliar with audio podcasts and how the Just One More Book!! audio programs promote children’s books, the people that create them and a general love of reading, you may find this video to be a helpful on-ramp to becoming part of the Just One More Book!! community.

Everybody Got Their Somethin’: Bird

Friday, November 21, 2008.

BirdAuthor: Zetta Elliott (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Shadra Strickland (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Lee and Low Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 160060241X

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Delicate first-person verse and a stirring orchestration of watercolour, charcoal and ballpoint pen illustrations peek inside a young artist as he wrestles with his family’s issues of addiction and loss.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Marlive Harris, founder of the gritskids.com book club tells us about Little Lion Goes to School (by Kellie Magnus and Michael Robinson)

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Welcome to Just One More Book!!
If you’re a newcomer to our website or are unfamiliar with audio podcasts and how the Just One More Book! audio programs promote children’s books, the people that create them and a general love of reading, you may find this video to be a helpful on-ramp to becoming part of the Just One More Book!! community.

Makes No Difference Who You Are: Wish (Wishing Traditions Around the World)

Friday, November 14, 2008.

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the WorldAuthor: Roseanne Thong (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811857166

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Splashing, soaring, leaping and dreaming, gorgeously detailed watercolour and collage illustrations whisk us into the midst of vivid wishing traditions across the globe in this beautiful reminder of our universal desires.

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Chris Forrest for sharing two of her favourites, Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey), The Sky is Falling on Henny Penny (by Marie Schubert).

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Stuck on Classics: Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist

Wednesday, November 12, 2008.

Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist Author: Ruth Spiro (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Thor Wickstrom (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525478612

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Celebrated works of art pop up in the silliest of circumstances in this cleverly illustrated tale of a frustrated young artist in search of his niche.

Also mentioned in the discussion is Museum ABC published by The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Kelly Murphy for reminding us about the classic book The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson).

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Warmth, Waiting & Woolly Friends: A New Coat for Anna

Friday, November 7, 2008.

A New Coat for AnnaAuthor: Harriet Ziefert (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Anita Lobel (on JOMB)
Published: 1986 Dragonfly Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0394898613

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Soothing images and clear, generous text allow us to follow the year-long creation of an overdue winter coat in this true tale of patience, resourcefulness and the quiet optimism of a community emerging from war.

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Looking for a lighter look at lamb-based clothing? Read Amos’s Sweater.

HOTMAIL VOICES: Author, illustrator, designer Peggy Collins shares her enthusiasm for Too Many Toys by David Shannon.

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Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

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Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

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Have a Happy Hallowe’en!!

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

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Happiness Even After: Angel Girl

Saturday, October 25, 2008.

titleValAuthor: Laurie Friedman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ofra Amit (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822587394

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Dark, heart wrenching yet beautiful images and aching, intimate first person narrative tell the true fictional tale of holocaust prisoner Herman Rosenblat and the young girl who saved his life, twice.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author/illustrator Lee Edward Fodi for telling us about Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation (by Avi).

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Bone to be Wild: The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

The Ghost of Nicholas GreebeAuthor: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: S.D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 1996 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140562672

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Haunting, humour and expertly crosshatched seventeenth century detail make the moonlit migrations of a borrowed bone a slightly spooky Hallowe’en favourite.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Z of GeekDad and HipsterPlease.com tells us about Llama, Llama Red Pajama (by Anna Dewdney). Thank you!

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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

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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.

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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.

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Welcome Ramadan: Night of the Moon (A Muslim Holiday Story)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

The Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday StoryAuthor: Hena Khan
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811860620

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Luminous geometric patterning, spacious blue views of the changing moon and warm orange spreads of bustling celebration give us a gorgeous glimpse of the treats and traditions of Ramadan.

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