Loving Your Label: Patrick the Somnambulist

Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Patrick the SomnambulistAuthor: Sarah Ackerley (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley
Published: 2008 Blooming Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1933831073

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Quiet absurdity and understated text relay the hilarious tale of a unique young penguin who swaps stigma for stupendous in this inspiring invitation to embrace our traits.

Podcasts mentioned:

Of Vice and Mensch: Such A Prince

Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

Such A PrinceAuthor: Dan Bar-el (on JOMB)
Illustrator: John Manders (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Clarion Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618714685

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Tabloid-style coverage, Looney-Toonesque illustrations and the feisty narration of a bohemian godmother transform the traditional tending of a love-sick princess into a comical read-again caper.

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Looking For Me: Ruby the Copycat

Friday, June 13, 2008.

Ruby The CopycatAuthor: Peggy Rathmann
Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
Published: 1991 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0590474235

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Spare, natural dialogue, carefully chosen details and keenly expressive illustrations keep us alternately giggling and cringing at the delicate shifts of sentiment from uncertainty and admiration through flattery, imitation, loss of self and then frustration in this celebration of selfhood found.

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Heartwarming Silliness: Sleepover Larry

Saturday, May 24, 2008.

Sleepover LarryAuthor: Daniel Manus Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jill Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453148

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Grease your muffin tins and defrost your blueberries, it’s time for another adventure in friendship and frivolity as two thrillingly familiar polar bears let the good times roll at Larry’s first ever sleepover.

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Of Tantrums and Turn-Taking: Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Pumpkin SoupAuthor: Helen Cooper
Illustrator: Helen Cooper
Published: 1998 Farrar, Straus & Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374460310

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Warmly glowing orange and gold coziness and the hilariously familiar fluctuation from harmony to hysteria and back make this story of friendship, fits and flexibility an irresistible treat — even in the midst of our gorgeous, long awaited spring.

Emulating Spaces: McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death — with a Happy Ending)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

McFig & McFly (A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death -- with a Happy Ending)Author: Henrik Drescher
Illustrator: Henrik Drescher
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763633860

A veneer of feigned pleasantries can’t conceal the ceaseless, senseless competition that corrupts then consumes former friends in this deliciously absurd yet apt demonstration of misguided attention and life misspent.

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Greats Misbehaving: The Book Of Time Outs (A Mostly True History of the World’s Biggest Troublemakers)

Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The Book Of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World's Biggest TroublemakersAuthor: Deb Lucke
Illustrator: Deb Lucke
Published: 2007 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1416928294

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Chatty, irreverent narrative and outrageous edge-to-edge illustrations portray the crimes and punishments of fourteen famous historical figures as the antics, timeouts and grumblings of unruly children in this hilarious timeout corner staple.

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Check out the full list of non-fiction picture books nominated for the 2007 Cybils Awards here.

Plotting a Perfect Parent: Mama Robot

Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Mama RobotAuthor: Davide Cali
Translator: Marcel Danesi
Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantone
Published: 2008 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887768733

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The cheeky mother-replacement schemings of a disgruntled son and a crackerjack combination of collage, paint and cleverly carefree scrawling make this hilarious showdown between the delights of imagined control and the irreplaceable affection of a loving mom a pore-over-each-page favourite.

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It’s Not Easy Being Mean: Mrs. Goat and Her Seven Little Kids

Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

Mrs Goat and Her Seven Little KidsAuthor: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Published: 2004 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842703382

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Thumps, chomps, head butts and the might of the spunky youngest make this refreshingly ridiculous version of the original Grimm’s tale a shockingly fun read.

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You can read a version of the original Grimm’s fairy tale here.

Refined Irreverence: Lady Lupin’s Book of Etiquette

Saturday, February 9, 2008.

Lady Lupin's Book of EtiquetteAuthor: Babette Cole
Illustrator: Babette Cole
Published: 2001 Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 1561452572

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Growls, scowls and rowdiness meet high-brow how-to in this boisterous blend of rules and rule-breaking. Speaking of civility, we do apologize — this chat accidentally spirals into Babette Cole related babbling…

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Reptilian Rivalry: Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise

Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Spotty & Eddie Learn to CompromiseAuthor: Lisa M. Chalifoux
Illustrator: Heather Castles
Published: 2008 Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425155472

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What could be more giggle-inducing than recognizing our own human foibles in a pair of sweet and spunky turtles? With its slapstick, smiles and airy, upbeat illustrations, this simple story helps us laugh at the silliness of squabbles and invites us to find a better way.

You can sneak a peek at the whole book on Heather Castles’ blog, here!

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Exquisite Insanity: There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen!

Friday, January 25, 2008.

There Were Monkeys In My KitchenAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 1992 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254709

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Concentrated comedy, chaos, and commotion explode from every detail-packed image and fervent verse of this frenzied celebration of syllables and silliness.

Is it just me, or does this book perfectly capture the pandemonium of parenting?

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  • Mabel Murple

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