A Caring Countdown: Ten Days and Nine Nights (An Adoption Story)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Author: Yumi Heo (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yumi Heo
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375847189

Simple first person narrative, cheerful illustrations and charming child-like details make this task-by-task countdown to the arrival of a long awaited sibling sweet reading for any child.

More tales of family welcoming and adoption on JOMB:

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Interview with Hugh Brewster

Monday, August 10, 2009.

There are parts of being in this world that many parents want to shield their children from.  War, with its toll on lives, communities and countries is one of those controversial topics for children’s books that’s either hotly debated or blatantly dismissed.

For Canadians, August 19, 1942 carries even more significance because many were led to believe the British organized battle at Dieppe was an important victory, not a bloody defeat.  As we honour the 67th anniversary of Dieppe later this month, a new children’s book will be published that explores the reasons, strategy, horror and incredible survival that are part of this Canadian tale.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author and historian Hugh Brewster about his new book Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II, and the importance of sharing the stories of the events and the people in war and remembrance.

Other books by Hugh Brewster:

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You can hear more of Mark’s chat with Hugh Brewster on the Electric Sky podcast.

Photo of Hugh Brewster from HughBrewster.com.

Back to the Future: Neo Leo (The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci)

Friday, August 7, 2009.

Author: Gene Barretta (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Published: 2009 Henry Holt and Co (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780805087031

Playful, edge-to-edge illustrations and cheerily worded nuggets of history, mystery, physics, and biology paint a thrilling picture of a brilliantly curious and creative man that will tickle the scientist in all of us.

Right now, you can test out over 60 of Leonardo da Vinci’s prototypes at Leonardo da Vinci: Man Inventor Genius.

Mentioned in this chat:

More intriguing lives on JOMB:

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Mission Nutrition: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

Friday, July 31, 2009.

Monsters Don't Eat BroccoliAuthor: Barbara Jean Hicks (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Sue Hendra (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375956867

Gasping, gobbling, grinning, crunching and belching, seven sherbet-coloured monsters revel in outrage at their broccoli-loving readers in this rhyming enticement to eat green.

Blueberry-eating books mentioned:

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Pop over to Poetry For Children for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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Competition for The Captain: Lunch Lady

Friday, July 24, 2009.

Lunch Lady and the League of LibrariransAuthor: Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jarrett Krosoczka
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375846847

Lunch Lady arrived this week and our young Jarrett fans were on these books “like cheese on macaroni”. Today Lucy (10) and Bayla (8) share their thoughts on the first two books in this zany graphic novel series.

For a behind the scenes glimpse at the making of Lunch Lady , check out our video interview with author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka:

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HOTLINE VOICES: An anonymous caller tells us why she loves My Friend Isabelle (by Eliza Woloson and Bryan Gough).

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The Bliss of Forgiveness: New Year at the Pier (A Rosh Hashanah Story)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

New Year at the Pier (A Rosh Hashanah Story)Author: April Halprin Wayland (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Stéphane Jorisch (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Dial Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780803732797

Crisp salt air and sunshine breeze from airy, upbeat illustrations in this chattily shared and poignant reminder of the bliss that is forgiveness.

Rosh Hashanah is September 19-20, 2009. Will you be tossing an “I’m Sorry” list?

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Of Compassion and Captivity: Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny

Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Author: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Published: 2009 Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 9781585364176

Doey eyes, gangly legs and silent, tangible devotion make this true tale of rescue, regret and release a thought provoking look at the value of life and freedom.

Other books mentioned:

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Globe-Trotting Gastronomy: The King’s Taster

Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

Author: Kenneth Oppel (on JOMB)
Illustrators: Steve Johnson (on JOMB) &
Lou Fancher (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0060753722

Dexterous textile, text and recipe clipping collage are the pièce de résistance of this delectable adventure in talent, teamwork, travel — and sneaked treats!

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More dogs on JOMB here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Eden Spodek — who will be at PAB09 — has fabulous childhood and parenthood memories of Where the Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak)

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Left Reeling: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Author: Jonah Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: André Carrilho (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375837388

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Gilded, stylized illustrations, scads of stats and lilting, laid back narration present an inspiring tale of persistence, power, poise and prevalent potential in this intimate look at the short but striking career of one of baseball’s greats.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Radio Producer and Sound Artist Paolo Pietropaolo explains why he loves Fantastic Mr. Fox (by Roald Dahl).

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Inventions, Adventure & Conservation: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques CousteauAuthor: Dan Yaccarino (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
Published: 2009 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375855734

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Colour drenched, stylized illustrations, carefully selected quotes and simple, informative text open our eyes and imaginations to the creativity, curiosity and commitment of this explorer, inventor, filmmaker extraordinaire.

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Brawls, Burps and Business: Come to the Castle (A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England)

Friday, April 10, 2009.

Come to the Castle!: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century EnglandAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Roaring Brook Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1596431555

Humour, grimaces, gluttony and grime cleverly deliver a bonanza of not-soon forgotten feudal facts in this rhyming rundown of Medieval careers.

Chapters.ca Amazon.com

Other books mentioned:

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If you are feasting this holiday week, Bon Appétit!

Rock Stars of Reading

Saturday, April 4, 2009.

In November 2008, the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast set out on a six-day road trip to live, eat, socialize, paint and read with children’s book creators.

Producers Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis and their two daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), lived by a tight schedule of studio visits, lunches, dinners, round table discussions and gallery visits.  The trip was video and audio recorded and has been produced as a series of documentary video and audio programs that will be published on the Internet, for free, beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

The videos are snappy and entertaining and feature uniquely intimate footage.

The goal of the series is to give children’s books and the children’s book community their long-overdue pop-media treatment.

Episodes include:

  • Lane Smith discusses original artwork and his creative process
  • Diane de Groat shows how she mixes digital and physical art
  • Jarrett Krosoczka paints with Lucy and Bayla
  • Jeff Mack explains the story behind some of his books
  • R. Michelson Galleries’ 19th Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibition

Notable facts:

  • round-trip by rental car:  1500kms
  • long-distance travel time:  20hrs
  • video recordings:  13hrs
  • audio recordings:  25hrs
  • photograghs:  1200 (keepers)
  • editing time per video episode:  16hrs (average, roughly 330 hours total)
  • the project is completely self-funded (no advertisers, sponsors or grants)

Guests include Jeanne Birdsall, Nick Clark, Diane de Groat, Tony Diterlizzi, Corinne Demas, Jane Dyer, Scott Fischer, Mordicai Gerstein, Paul Jacobs, Norton Juster, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeff Mack, Richard Michelson, Leslea Newman, Lane Smith, David Ezra Stein, Heidi Stemple, Mo Willems and Jane Yolen.

Quotes from Mark Blevis’ blog post about the series:

What I’ve noticed over time is that children’s books and their creators have been treated very traditionally in the media.  In fact, I’ve even noticed this on the web where some of the most interesting interviews with authors and illustrators have been low on production value (e.g. ten-minute video interviews of a talking head).  There is so much talk about the importance of children’s books and literacy and how fun it is to learn to read and to read aloud, but the way we promote this in the media suggests otherwise.

I’ve drawn on some of the most entertaining and engaging ways to produce programs that I’ve experienced to date, and have come up with a few ideas of my own.  The result is a series of videos which give the children’s book industry the pop-culture treatment enjoyed by niches such as fast food, the environment, movie stars, sports, music and technology, to name a few.  My hope is that this approach will make the videos and the subject interesting to everyone, from those that are passionate about children’s books and creativity, to those that aren’t particularly interested in books at all.

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