Chip Kidd at TED: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Knopf Books Associate Art Director Chip Kidd hits one out of the park with this TED Talk about children’s books and book design.

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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.

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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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Character Capers: The Sleepy Little Alphabet

Friday, July 3, 2009.

Author: Judy Sierra (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375840029

From skittery stalling to splendorous, sweet slumber, alphabet families do the bedtime wrestle in this fabulously illustrated preschool rhyme.

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Pop over to Tabatha A. Yeatts 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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Bring Down the House: The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

The Greatest Power (The Gecko & Sticky)Author: Wendelin Van Draanen (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375843779

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One wisecracking lizard, one over-caffeinated monkey and 200 pages of action, attitude and assombroso alliteration transform run-of-the-mill read-aloud adults into comedy superstars. Talk about the greatest power!

You can check out Lucy & Bayla’s Sticky-inspired artwork here.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Owen (9) and Riley (9) share their enthusiasm for Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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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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Get the Super-Sonic Scoop: Astronaut Handbook

Wednesday, March 4, 2009.

Astronaut HandbookAuthor: Meghan McCarthy (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Meghan McCarthy
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375844597

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Starring pop-eyed recruits and friendly second-person narrative, this Cybils 2008-2009 NonFiction Picture Book category finalist dispenses enticing details of space training while gently nudging keen readers toward the healthy habits that just might make their dreams come true.

Be sure to check out the complete list of 2008-09 Cybils finalists in all nine categories.

HOTLINE VOICES: Beatrix (who learned about us from our appearance in Canadian Living Magazine) calls in to share her favourite, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter).

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Sisterly Squeal-Induction: The Penderwicks On Gardam Street

Wednesday, December 24, 2008.

The Penderwicks On Gardam StreetAuthor: Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375840907

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No wizards, no potty-talk, no cell phones, no cynicism just four smart sisters, their dad, their schemes, their dog, their neighbours, their ideas and interactions yet our girls squealed, shrieked, jumped up and jabbered after almost every sentence. I’m not sure what it is, but The Penderwicks on Gardam Street has it.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener calls in to breath more magic into Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (by Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel). Related book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp (by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash).

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Dogged Determination: Night Running (How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog)

Saturday, September 20, 2008.

Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful DogAuthor: Elisa Carbone
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Knopf Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 037582247X

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Haunting, heartbreaking and not for the faint of heart, this gorgeously illustrated true tale of trial and triumph opens our eyes to the horrors of slavery and the depths of devotion of one loyal dog.

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For more information about The Cybils, The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, pop over to Cybils Central, check out the 2007 and 2006 winners and prepare to nominate your favourites of 2008.

HOTLINE VOICES: A listener shares her thoughts about The Land of Smeared.

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Cats, Spats and Imagination: Scribble

Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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