Are You Serious??? Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog

Friday, August 28, 2009.

Flabby Cat and Slobby DogAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780761351511

Unrealistically scrawny pop culture ideals, issues of acceptance and fears of unhealthy body image have made fitness and healthy eating tricky issues to address. This brazenly British picture book pulls no punches about the dangers of the couch potato lifestyle.

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Interview with Francesca Simon

Monday, July 27, 2009.

Here’s something unusual… there’s a series of books, 17 strong, that have been growing in popularity in more than 24 countries since the first book came out in 1994.  And, would you believe, these books are just now becoming available in the United States.  The biggest market in the world is one of the last major markets to get on board.

Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry books, joins Mark for what may be one of the most important interviews we’ve ever done on Just One More Book!! as they talk about books with universal themes, the penalty of growing old enough to read by yourself and Storybook Dads — breaking the cycle of crime through a literacy and family connection program for convicts in a high-security prison.

Mentioned in the interview:

Two of the Horrid Henry books are mentioned in our 500th episode, Chapter Book Chatter.  By the way, we’re 9 episodes away from 600, now (not including our 21 part Rock Stars of Reading series).

We encourage you to learn more about the Storybook Dads program.

Photo: Francesca Simon’s website

Woolly’s Got His Number: Mammoth Pie

Saturday, January 24, 2009.

Mammoth PieAuthor: Jeanne Willis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706594

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Comedic visual details and snappy, cumulative verse remind us that cunning and co-operation can’t compensate for a grossly underestimated opponent in this hilarious account of six scrawny cavemen and their quest for Ice Age tourtière.

Other books mentioned:

And, what do you know, it’s the exact same story as our Just One More Book! theme song “Woolly Mammoth”, compliments of Robert Farrell.

It’s Not Easy Being Mean: Mrs. Goat and Her Seven Little Kids

Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

Mrs Goat and Her Seven Little KidsAuthor: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Published: 2004 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842703382

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Thumps, chomps, head butts and the might of the spunky youngest make this refreshingly ridiculous version of the original Grimm’s tale a shockingly fun read.

Other books mentioned:

You can read a version of the original Grimm’s fairy tale here.

Blinking, Blunking Great Laughs: Little Wolf’s Book of Badness (series)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007.

Little Wolf's Book of Badness (Little Wolf Series)Author: Ian Whybrow (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Carolrhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575055503

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Full of snappy wit and hilariously scrawled illustrations, these clever and sweetly cheeky adventures crack us up not only as we read them but again and again as we toss about their hilarious expressions in our daily life.

Other Little Wolf books which we have read and often rave about:

P.S. Little Wolf left us a comment about our conversation with Ian Whybrow interview here! Arooooo!

Howlingly Hilarious: Dr. Xargle’s Book of Earth Hounds

Friday, November 24, 2006.

Dr. Xargle's Book of Earth HoundsAuthor: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Andersen Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842701703

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Full of understated misinterpretations and over the top Tony Ross illustrations, this book is as hilarious for adults as it is for children. If your library doesn’t have a copy, we suggest swimming to the U.K. to find one. It’s worth the trip.

Getting Wrong Right: Badness for Beginners

Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Badness for BeginnersAuthor: Ian Whybrow (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harper Collins Children’s Books
ISBN: 0007143613

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With lively illustrations, catchy, nasty nursery rhymes and loads of mischief, this celebration of badness is a complete hit in our family.

 
 

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