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 food on JOMB:

More kings on JOMB:

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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Homemade Harmony: Cookies (Bite-Size Life Lessons)

Friday, January 23, 2009.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsAuthor: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jane Dyer (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006058081X

Sweet, silly, scrumptious little scenarios sneakily cement understanding of twenty-two slippery social concepts in this clever and captivating conversation-starter.

More recipes for happiness on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Baked goods are mightier than the sword in Jonny Goldstein‘s favourite, The Apple Strudel Soldier (by Tom McGowen and John E. Johnson).

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Far-Out Friendship: The Way Back Home

Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

The Way Back HomeAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2007 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182325

Cheery, matter-of-fact narration and gorgeous fridge-door worthy art give us a mind’s eye view of one whopping lunar adventure in this beautiful tale of space travel, spunk and solidarity.

HOTLINE VOICES: Victoria Long fondly remembers her mother reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond) to her.

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Sometimes Siblinghood Stinks: When I Was King

Friday, December 12, 2008.

When I Was KingAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David McPhail (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006029051X

When we feel better about ourselves, we feel better about everything.

Shadowy, Sendakian illustrations and spot-on, multiply paced rhyming text take us for one spin around the familiar first-born cycle of resentment, rage, worry, the relief of being understood, warm fuzziness and back to the joy of siblinghood in this reassuring glimpse inside a shared spotlight.

More sibling dymamics on JOMB:

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

HOTLINE VOICES: Author and teacher Laura Purdie Salas shares one of her favourite books, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness (by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski).

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Filed under: Podcast,Poetry Friday

Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

More Hallowe’en and October reading on JOMB:

Have a Happy Hallowe’en!!

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

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A Candid Crescendo: The Philharmonic Gets Dressed

Wednesday, August 1, 2007.

The Philharmonic Gets DressedAuthor: Karla Kuskin
Illustrator: Marc Simont (on JOMB)
Published: 1982 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006443124X

Peppered with humour and interesting details, 105 parallel melodies of quiet, private bustling sweep us from the calm of a chilly dusk to the resounding beauty of a symphony’s first notes in this inspiring peek at the talented, not-so-unlike-us individuals whose work is to play — beautifully.

Literary Digest: The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

The Incredible Book Eating BoyAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2006 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182317

Brilliantly built upon book covers and maps, this irreverent introduction to reading is a story kids can sink their teeth into.

Other books mentioned:

Be sure to check out the complete list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here.

Caring to Compromise: The Outside Dog

Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

The Outside DogAuthor: Charlotte Pomerantz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas (on JOMB)
Published: 1995 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0064441873

It’s not often that an early reader turns the whole family to putty, but this simple story of a grandfather with the strength to bend does just that time after time. If you can put up with all the gushing and cooing we do in this review, you’ll be all set for the response of your little one!

Other books mentioned:

A Whirl of the Wheel of Life: My Great Aunt Arizona

Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

My Great Aunt ArizonaAuthor: Gloria Houston
Illustrator: Susan Condie Lamb
Published: 1997 Harper Collins Canada
ISBN: 0064433749

Gently illustrated and lovingly told, this fond reflection on a life generously lived shares the energy, emotion, dreams and disappointments of a woman who made her mark.

Other books mentioned: Miss Rumphius

Hamming it up: Swine Lake

Friday, March 9, 2007.

Swine LakeAuthor: James Marshall
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Published: 1999 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062051717

Hilariously melodramatic monologue, generous, engaging narrative and classic Sendak illustrations make this theatrical romp a favourite of adults and children alike.

About Attitude: Nutcracker Noel

Friday, December 15, 2006.

Nutcracker NoelAuthor: Kate McMullan
Illustrator: Jim McMullan
Published: 1996 Harper Collins Canada, Limited
ISBN: 0062059106

Snappy dialogue and hilariously realistic body language bring to life a story that clearly illustrates the magic of a carefully crafted perspective. Generously sprinkled with subtle humour (for both adult and child), this is a year round family favourite.

We’ve received a lovely, meaty note from author, Kate McMullen. Check it out here.

Surviving Sibling Snubbery: The Very Worst Monster

Friday, October 27, 2006.

The Very Worst MonsterAuthor: Pat Hutchins
Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Published: 1988 Harper Collins Canada
ISBN: 0688078168

This simple story of sibling rivalry has been almost an addiction for our younger daughter for as long as we can remember. Fun, monstery illustrations, simple repetitive text and a fair bit of mischief may be the reason.


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