Chilly Silliness: The Shivers in the Fridge

Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

The Shivers in the FridgeAuthor: Fran Manushkin
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Published: 2006 Dutton (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0525469435

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Crankiness, chattering teeth and camouflaged edible architecture make this unusual icebox exodus a surprisingly popular adventure in puns and perspective.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Martha Bennett Stiles shares her thoughts on The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales (by Anne Shelby). Thanks for calling, Martha!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Idol Ambition: The Fisherman and the Turtle

Wednesday, August 13, 2008.

The Fisherman and the TurtleAuthor: Eric Kimmel (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Martha Avilés (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453873

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Cheery, stylized illustrations and friendly, informal narration breath new life into this traditional tale of fish, wishes and contentment.

You can read more about Tenochtitlán and Aztec gods here and here.

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Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Oh, Give Me A Home: Buffalo Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Buffalo MusicAuthor: Tracey Fern
Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Published: 2008 Clarion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618723412

A feisty, self-aware pioneer woman, the man who knows and loves her and the coddling of a cabin full of beautiful baby bison — what more could a pet-deprived young reader ask for?

Based on the true story of Mary Ann Goodnight‘s determination to save the Texas buffalo and told with humour and a Texan twang, this is an inspiring story of hard work and simpler times.

You can read more about Mary Ann and Charles Goodnight here and here.

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Love, Loss and Luxury: Taj Mahal

Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

Taj MahalAuthors: Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora
Illustrator: Rahul Bhushan
Published: 2007 CarolRhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076132609X

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Strikingly intricate illustrations and lush, detailed narrative transform this four hundred year old story of tenderness, tragedy and tribute into a fascinating non-fiction fairy tale.

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Thanks to Kate Heartfield of The Ottawa Citizen for joining us for this show. You can read Kate’s blog here.

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.

Monumental Humanity: The Clay Ladies

Friday, March 7, 2008.

The Clay LadiesAuthor: Michael Bedard (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Les Tait (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0887765734

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Thoughtful, unhurried narrative and rich, enveloping art capture the clutter and compassion of two celebrated sculptors, a fledgling robin’s rescue and the birth of a life-changing friendship.

You can learn more about sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle here. Read about the recently published adult book, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, here.

Aha! I found a photo of their studio church on Glenrose Avenue!

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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Skill & Survival: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish

Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called FishAuthor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Beth Krommes (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618548955

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Soothing speculation, striking details and spellbinding scratchboard art present a gripping account of The Karluk‘s last icy voyage and the strength and resourcefulness that beat all odds.

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Sixths Sense: Full House (An Invitation to Fractions)

Friday, February 1, 2008.

Full House - An Invitation to FractionsAuthor: Dayle Ann Dodds (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Abby Carter (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763624683

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Cheerfully wobbly illustrations combine with rhyme, repetition and a cast of colourful characters to make this sneaky introduction to fractions a read-aloud hit.

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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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Of Songbirds and Suffrage: She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head

Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her HeadAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Catrow (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786811641

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Scowls, gasps and frowns abound in this surprisingly informative yet thoroughly entertaining account of the Audubon Society, its origins and its triumph over the silliness of the dead-bird fashion industry.

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  • The Ballot Box Battle

You can read more about John Audubon’s Bird’s of America here.

 
 

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