Of Flash and Forgiveness: The Worst Best Friend

Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

The Worst Best FriendAuthor: Alexis O’Neill (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0545010233

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Sunny school-yard action, frisky text and heaps of humorous details propel us through bliss, boastfulness, betrayal and back again in this spirited tale of friendship lost and found.

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HOTLINE VOICES: An unidentified JOMB listener/author/illustrator recommends Kiss Good Night (by Amy Hest) and Dig Dig Digging (by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe).

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To those of you celebrating Yom Kippur, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

No Holts Barred: Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)Author: Laurie Keller (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Published: 2007 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805079963

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Cluttered with comedy, melodrama and earthy, Looney-Toonesque artwork, this brilliant guide to social success is as hilarious as it is helpful.

(…er…actually….maybe more hilarious than helpful, as we now hear our girls screaming at each other “DO UNTO OTTERS, REMEMBER, DO UNTO OTTERS!!!!!”)

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HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit: Motherhood in Alaska shares her thoughts about The Little Golden Book Anthologies.

Structure, Strengths, Strategies and Stretching: Clementine’s Letter

Friday, July 18, 2008.

Clementine's LetterAuthor: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786838841

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In the voice of a creative and easily distracted third grader and brimming with insight and humour, this clever and thoroughly entertaining novel is as touching as it is funny as it is educational.

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If you have an interest in ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences — or in the fascinating field of learning — check out Whitney Hoffman’s LD Podcast.

Crackerjack Crankiness: I’m Not Cute!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

I'm Not Cute!Author: Johnathan Allen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Johnathan Allen
Published: 2005 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786837209

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Caustic scowls and harried helplessness take turns on the face of an overtired owlet in this hilariously endearing tale of naptime nastiness and unconditional love.

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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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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.

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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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Truth, Tyranny and Teamwork: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyAuthor: Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316003956

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Creativity, dexterity, integrity and retentivity are raised to the rank of super-power as four stray eleven year olds battle mind-numbing media, personal misgivings and the elaborate scheming of a mind-sweeping megalomaniac in this puzzle-filled, cleverly hilarious page-turner.

You can watch a great little documentary about Carson Ellis’s album art fame here.

Scribes, Shadows and Freedom of Speech: The Story of the Search for the Story

Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

The Story of the Search for the StoryAuthor: Bjorn Sortland
Illustrator: Lars Elling
Published: 1995 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575053756

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A swirling stew of settings, characters and literary greats drift between puzzling nested plots and enticing factual references to make this dramatically illustrated, dreamlike adventure an intriguing exploration of literature, censorship and the importance of storytelling and independent thought.

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Pleasantly Perplexing: Happy as a Tapir

Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

Happy As A TapirAuthor: Terry Carbone
Illustrator: Keith DuQuette
Published: 1992 Viking Juvenile (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670842273

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Rich, imaginative illustrations and generous, poetic text present an endearing fantasy that leaves us pondering issues of identity, purpose, contentment, control and choice.

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You can peek inside this book, here.

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.

Kicking the Handout Habit: Gracie, The Public Gardens Duck

Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Gracie, The Public Gardens DuckAuthor: Judith Meyrick
Illustrator: Richard Rudnicki
Published: 2007 Nimbus Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1551096455

With spring upon us and green spaces awash with waddling waterfowl, this humourous account of an outraged donation-dependent duck provides an entertaining reminder of why we resist the temptation to feed our feathered friends.

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