Interview with Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Monday, March 31, 2008.

Photo of Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown provided by Marc Brown.More than a few parents — mostly fathers — have long dreaded that fateful question: Where do babies come from? It’s a stress that’s been handed down like an heirloom from generation to generation. Why are we so uncomfortable?

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown about their book What’s the Big Secret?, their decision to write the book as a fact book instead of a story book, and their experiences working on books together.

As a bonus, listen to the very end of the show, after the theme music, to hear a humourous story about Laurie and Marc’s first collaboration and how it earned Laurie a speeding ticket.

Other books mentioned

  • Dinosaur series
  • The Bionic Bunny Show

Photo of Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown provided by Marc Brown.

After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

More fairy tales gone wild and fun with the familiar on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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

Listener Submitted Reviews #21

Saturday, June 21, 2008.

In this episode, we share two listener submitted favourites:

  • Wild About books (by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown) suggested by Marcelo Matalon

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to, or phone it in to our listener hotline (206-350-6487).

Filed under: Listener Reviews

Storybook Sexuality: What’s the Big Secret?

Friday, September 29, 2006.

What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and BoysAuthor: Laurie Krasny Brown (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Brown (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316101834

With its casual, fun storybook approach and its familiar Marc Brown illustrations, this book smoothly and effectively demystifies sexuality, privacy, gender stereotypes, and more, well before mystification has a chance to begin. Our girls think this book is a riot!


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