Interview with Chris Raschka and Jack Prelutsky

Wednesday, May 16, 2007.

Chris Raschka and Jack PrelutskyThis episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

Mark speaks with writer and illustrator Chris Raschka, and poet Jack Prelutsky about the role of musical styles and rhythms in their writing, and inspiring children to write.

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Participate in the conversation by leaving a comment on this interview, or send an email to justonemorebook@gmail.com.

Conversation with Greg Pincus about 30 Poets in 30 Days

Monday, March 30, 2009.

April is poetry month. Which means that if you haven’t spent much time with poetry, you can enjoy it guilt-free — and maybe discover you like it. There should be lots to enjoy. Especially since the people who love poetry are going to be all over it.

One such example is Greg Pincus. Greg is a screenwriter, author, poet and the entertaining blogger of Gotta Book. And this year, he’s the founder and host of 30 Poets/30 Days, an event that will see his Gotta Book blog host new and original work by thirty guest poets, a new poem for each day of the month. Contributors include Mary Ann Hoberman, Jon Scieszka and Jane Yolen, and will kick off on April 1st with a contribution from Jack Prelutsky.

On this edition, Greg Pincus on 30 Poets/30 Days.

Check out Greg’s poem, I’m Pretty Well Connected, which speaks to our own fascination with social media. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of podcasting in it.

Photo courtesy of Greg Pincus.

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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).

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

Our feeble attempt at a Desert Island 10

Friday, December 21, 2007.

Andrea and Mark at the Kidlit ConferenceYou’d think it would be easy to pick favourite children’s books. Indeed, that’s what Mark thought.

As it turns out, there are far too many amazing children’s books, authors and illustrators to limit ourselves to just ten choices. Even so, Mark suggested we try compiling our Desert Island 10 — books we’d need to have with us if we were stranded on a desert island.

The list that follows captures the names of books, book series and authors mentioned.

Are you brave or crazy enough to create your own Desert Island 10? Share your list as a comment on this post, send your MP3 recorded or type-written list via email to justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487).

* Congratulations to Andrea Beaty. Her book, Iggy Peck, Architect, is one of Time Magazine’s top ten children’s books of 2007!

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A Reader’s High: Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast

Friday, October 12, 2007.

Tyrannosaurus Was a BeastAuthor: Jack Prelutsky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Published: 1988 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688115691

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Full of meaty words, infectious beats and fact*-based blackish humour, this invigorating feast of illustrated, dinosaur poems is permanently woven into the fabric of our family.

*The facts upon which the poems are based are twenty years out-of-date — but what’s twenty years between 225 million year old friends?

A Read Aloud Dream: The Dragons Are Singing Tonight

Monday, August 14, 2006.

Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Peter Sis
Published: 1998 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688161626

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I will always extend our storytime by one book, if this is it. These seventeen poems are a read aloud dream. They feel great in the mouth, evoke a good range of moods and emotion and end with a rousing glint of intrigue that brings the reading to a perfect close.

 
 

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