A celebration of 400 episodes in two years

Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Andrea and Mark at PAB2008We celebrate 400 episodes in two years by reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned and what we’d like to see in children’s literature. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this episode.

Books, reviews, interviews and resources we mention:

Audio comments and book recommendations received:

Thank you for being part of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast community.

Photo of Andrea and Mark at PAB2008 by John Meadows.

Loss, Laughs and Loony-Proof Love: My Dad’s A Birdman

Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

My Dad's A BirdmanAuthor: David Almond (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636673

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Airy illustrations, playful, British dialogue and sprightly dipping, gliding narrative give flight to a zany father-daughter adventure that dances delicately between tenderness, tomfoolery, hope and despair landing lightly in the comfort of allied abandon.

You can read the first three chapters of this book here.

More dreams of flying on JOMB:

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.

Other books mentioned:

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

Interview with Oliver Jeffers

Monday, February 11, 2008.

Photo of Oliver Jeffers by Christopher HeaneyAs an artist, he says that his work in children’s picture books is only a small part of what he does; however, because the books are for children, people may view his work as being of less value. His fine art is powerful and children’s books engaging and, at age 30, a sign of even greater things to come.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author, illustrator and artist, Oliver Jeffers about storytelling through illustration and words, connecting logic and emotion, and inspiring conversation through creative works.

Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a Finalist in the Fiction Picture Book category of the 2007 Cybils awards.

Books mentioned:

Photo: Christopher Heaney (from Contemporary Writers)

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…

Other books mentioned:

Interview with Simon James

Monday, February 4, 2008.

Simon JamesAs a child, he spent much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books. His path to eventually becoming a children’s book author and illustrator — and ambassador of learning — included stops as a police officer, restaurant worker, real estate agent and farm worker.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Simon James about illustrations as a tool for creative development, single books that become book series and the globalization of children’s literature.

As a bonus, at the very end of this podcast, Mr. James tells the story of how his book Baby Brains came to be.

Book mentioned:

  • Baby Brains
  • Baby Brains and Robomum
  • My Friend Whale
  • Dear Mr. Blueberry
  • Leon and Bob

Authors mentioned:

Photo: www.simonjamesbooks.co.uk/sj/main.htm

Interview with Eva Ibbotson

Monday, January 21, 2008.

Photo of Eva Ibbotson from Camden New JournalHer books are wonderfully imaginative, action-packed, suspenseful and filled with vividly humourous characters and situations with great messages about human nature.

And today, January 21, 2008, she’s celebrating her 83rd birthday. (Happy Birthday, Ms. Ibbotson!)

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author Eva Ibbotson about — among other things — her childhood experiences, her writing process and style, and why children connect with orphans.

Books mentioned:

Click here for Eva Ibbotson book reviews by Lucy.

Schumann’s Cello Concerto, third movement from the Internet Archive (performers unknown).

Photo: Camden New Journal

Interview with Jane Ray

Monday, January 14, 2008.

Photo of Jane Ray from janeray.com/aboutFor twenty years, Jane Ray has been dazzling the children’s book world with rich and exotic illustrations for stories that include fairy tales, cultural and biblical stories, Shakespeare and more. She’s become involved in promoting awareness of green issues and the inclusion of children with disabilities in books as part of the In The Picture project. In March of this year, Ms. Ray will publish The Apple Pip Princess, her second book as both an author and illustrator.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Jane Ray about museums for inspiration, exploring the darker aspects of stories and what we can expect in The Apple Pip Princess.

Books mentioned:

  • Can You Catch a Mermaid?
  • The Apple Pip Princess

Related resources:

Jane Ray books reviewed on Just One More Book:

Listener Submitted Reviews #16

Saturday, January 12, 2008.

In this episode, we read a a listener submitted review and our daughter Lucy tells us about one of her current favourite authors.

Books reviewed:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

Our feeble attempt at a Desert Island 10

Friday, December 21, 2007.

Andrea and Mark at the Kidlit ConferenceYou’d think it would be easy to pick favourite children’s books. Indeed, that’s what Mark thought.

As it turns out, there are far too many amazing children’s books, authors and illustrators to limit ourselves to just ten choices. Even so, Mark suggested we try compiling our Desert Island 10 — books we’d need to have with us if we were stranded on a desert island.

The list that follows captures the names of books, book series and authors mentioned.

Are you brave or crazy enough to create your own Desert Island 10? Share your list as a comment on this post, send your MP3 recorded or type-written list via email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

* Congratulations to Andrea Beaty. Her book, Iggy Peck, Architect, is one of Time Magazine’s top ten children’s books of 2007!

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Living From the Heart: Falling Angels

Monday, September 3, 2007.

Falling AngelsAuthor: Colin Thompson
Illustrator: Colin Thompson
Published: Random House UK (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0091768179

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Spellbindingly surreal illustrations contrast with matter-of-fact narrative to relay this thought provoking story of perspective, choice and inter-generational connection: “All you have to do is keep your dreams”.

Other books mentioned:

More books about flying:

The Planned Prodigy: Baby Brains (The smartest baby in the whole world)

Friday, August 17, 2007.

Baby BrainsAuthor: Simon James
Illustrator: Simon James
Published: 2004 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763636827

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Hilariously understated body language and text tell a tale of in utero education gone wild in this entertaining poke at the modern, ambitious parent.

Other books mentioned:


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