Cats, Spats and Imagination: Scribble

Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

ScribbleAuthor: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Published: 2007 Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375839666

Squabbling siblings, ingenuity and the irresistable innocence of preschool art combine to make this slick spin on the sleeping beauty standby a welcome trip outside the box.

You can learn more about appreciating young children’s scribbles here.

Soul Force and Spice Cake: The Call to Shakabaz

Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

The Call To ShakabazAuthor: Amy Wachspress
Published: 2007 Woza Books
ISBN: 0978835026

Colour, music, scents and sentiment spill out of this pictureless fantasy novel and sweep us into a story of suspense, self-discovery and nonviolent resistance. Our girls laughed, swooned, quaked and cheered — then happily chirped “Satyagraha!”.

Other books mentioned: The Meanest Doll in the World

Check out our interview with author Amy Wachspress here.

We Found Our Thrill: Berry Magic

Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Berry MagicAuthor: Teri Sloat & Betty Huffmon
Illustrator: Teri Sloat
Published: 2004 Alaska Northwest Books
ISBN: 0882405764

Glowing with warm, earthy colours and generously adorned with animal friends, industry and magical chanting, this simple celebration of creativity and appreciation is pure joy.

Intolerance and Intrigue: Victor and Christabel

Friday, March 2, 2007.

Victor and ChristabelAuthor: Petra Mathers
Illustrator: Petra Mathers
Published: 1993 Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 0679930604

Packed with colour and captivating character, this modern fairy tale whisks us through the darkness of domination, the sweet spell of infatuation and the prison of our own limitations — then leaves us chewing dreamily on the issues it presents.

Sadly, this is another wonderful book which has fallen out of print. I hope your library has a copy.

Read more about The Dream of Saint Ursula here. See the original sketch here.

More Art on JOMB:

Don’t forget our book giveaway. Tell us about one of your favourite children’s books before March 15th 2007 and qualify to win an autographed copy of Nutcracker Noel.

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Interview with Margaret Shannon

Saturday, February 10, 2007.

The Red WolfJust One More Book! is a regular contributor to the online Children’s Literature Monthly Journal, The Edge of the Forest. This information-packed online resource includes book reviews, interviews, the latest news from the online children’s/YA literature community and much more.

Our monthly audio segment is called Sounds from the Forest.

This month, Mark speaks with author and illustrator Margaret Shannon about literary soup, the power of caring and the evolution of her darkly magical fairy tale, The Red Wolf.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview or by sending us an email at

Courage, Confidence & Compassion: Little Squarehead

Friday, February 2, 2007.

Little SquareheadAuthor: Peggy O’Neill
Illustrator: Denise Freeman
Published: 2001 Illumination Arts Publishing Company
ISBN: 093569921X

Can the way we see the world impact the way we are treated?
Do we allow ourselves to be bullied because we lack courage, confidence and compassion?

One thing for sure is that we can never change another — we can only change ourselves. This simply told and insightful look at bullying is a thought-provoking must-read for bullied, bullies and bystanders. Our girls love it.

Interview with Amy Wachspress: The Call To Shakabaz

Saturday, January 13, 2007.

The Call to ShakabzIn honour of Martin Luther King Day on Monday January 15, 2007, Amy Wachspress will be launching The Call to Shakabaz, an innovative, non-violent fantasy which is set in an African American cultural context.

Mark speaks with author and activist Amy Wachspress about this ambitious book, the importance of exercising our creativity and her seven daily practices that can change the world.

Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to

Friendship Gives Flight: Chopsticks

Wednesday, December 20, 2006.

ChopsticksAuthor: Jon Berkeley
Illustrator: Jon Berkeley
Published: 2005 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192724568

Brought to life by a gorgeous selection of colours, textures and settings, this simple story of friendship and dreams transports us to another world.

Thanks to Charles, of the Desperate Husbands Podcast, for nominating us for a Podcast Peer Award!

3 Generations of Grouchiness: The Grandmother Doll

Wednesday, December 6, 2006.

The Grandmother DollAuthor: Alice L. Bartels
Illustrator: Duscan Petricic (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Annick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1550376667

Finally, a little dysfunction!! With all the stomps, sneers and slams you would expect on the third day of influenza-induced confinement, the candor of this warm, magical story is a rare and welcome treat.

Delicate Defiance: The Red Wolf

Tuesday, November 28, 2006.

The Red WolfAuthor: Margaret Shannon
Illustrator: Margaret Shannon
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618737448

Brimming with mystique and echoes of Sendak, this fresh fairy tale subtly, yet powerfully, casts light on the costs of safety and the value of freedom. Our whole family is entranced by this fabulous book.

A Prehistoric Party: Quennu and the Cave Bear

Wednesday, October 11, 2006.

Quennu and the Cave BearAuthor: Marie Day
Illustrator: Marie Day
Published: 1999 Maple Tree Press
ISBN: 0613266862

Our girls are completely engrossed by this story of a young girl, not so unlike them, who participates in a community celebration 30,000 years ago.

This story has long been a favourite and became even more interesting to our girls upon news of the recent discovery of a much more ancient three-year-old female hominin known now as “Lucy’s Baby“.

Generosity and The Great One: The Magic Hockey Stick

Thursday, August 24, 2006.

The Magic Hockey StickAuthor: Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas
Illustrator: Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas
Published: 2001 Which Books
ISBN: 0142300152

Ok, maybe we like this book more than our girls do. Without a single hockey-loving bone in our all-Canadian bodies we still can’t help swelling up with some huge, undefined emotion when we read this book. Oh, and our girls enjoy it too.


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