Acceptance Almighty: A Bird About To Sing

Friday, February 22, 2008.

A Bird About To SingAuthor: Laura Nyman Montenegro
Illustrator: Laura Nyman Montenegro
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618188657

Dancing, character-filled artwork in rich apricots and olives complements honest first-person expression to buoy us through the crests and troughs of a young artist’s big day in this inspiring story of confidence, creativity and acceptance.

Other books mentioned:

  • A Poet’s Bird Garden
  • Emily

The quote from Emily (Micahel Bedard and Barbara Cooney) referred to in this episode:

“What is poetry?” I asked.

… “Listen to Mother play. She practices and practices a piece, and sometimes a magic happens and it seems the music starts to breathe. It sends a shiver through you. You can’t explain it, really; it’s a mystery. Well, when words do that, we call it poetry.

Skill & Survival: The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish

Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called FishAuthor: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Beth Krommes (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618548955

Soothing speculation, striking details and spellbinding scratchboard art present a gripping account of The Karluk‘s last icy voyage and the strength and resourcefulness that beat all odds.

More shipwrecks on JOMB:

Robert’s Snow Online Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure: Interview with Scott Magoon

Wednesday, November 7, 2007.

Loch Kindness, a snowflake painted by Scott MagoonOn this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with illustrator and Houghton Mifflin Art Director, Scott Magoon about children’s books as a gateway drug, what an Art Director looks for in children’s book illustrations and his 2007 snowflake, Loch Kindness (The monster in this loch gets a “taste” of the holiday spirit).

Scott’s heart-warming snowflake is up for bids December 3-7, 2007.

Books mentioned:

Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure is an online auction of wooden snowflakes painted by participating children’s book illustrators. This annual event, which was started in 2004 by author Grace Lin and her husband Robert Mercer, has raised over $200,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Just One More Book! is one of many online children’s literature resources participating in the promotion of this year’s Robert’s Snow auction. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing interviews with participating illustrators and we’re hoping that you’ll find yourself bidding on the incredible art that’s available to you during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You can read more about Robert’s Snow: Art Auction for Cancer’s Cure here.

Vim, Villainy and Vocabulary: Carmine, A Little More Red

Wednesday, August 29, 2007.

Carmine: A Little More RedAuthor: Melissa Sweet (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Published: 2005 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618387943

Combine twenty-six meaty new words, a sprinkling of fairy tale characters, one talented young artist, forty pages of gorgeous watercolours and an irresistably spunky dog and “voila!” an exciting new rendition of the Red Riding Hood theme. Bones optional.

Of Intimidation and Imagination: The Crow

Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

The CrowAuthor: Alison Paul
Illustrator: Alison Paul
Published: Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618663800

Captivating collage and haunting yet hip verse demonstrate the fear and folly of fleeting first impressions.

Inspiration Lost and Found: Emma’s Rug

Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

Emma's RugAuthor: Allen Say
Illustrator: Allen Say
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618335234

This thought-provoking tale of talent and torment invites us to ponder the source of creativity and offers a rare and respectful glimpse into the depths of the gifted child.

For more books about art, artists and imagination,
check out Deborah Freedman‘s webpage.

You can learn about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted children here.

Supertaster’s Choice: The Luck of The Loch Ness Monster — A Tale of Picky Eating

Friday, August 10, 2007.

The Luck of The Loch Ness Monster -- A Tale of Picky EatingAuthor: A. W. Flaherty
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Published: 2007 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618556443

Cheeky cartoon characters set in splendid sepia scenes join playful, matter-of-fact narration to solve two mysteries: Where did the Loch Ness Monster originate? and How on earth can my child detect a dash of nutmeg in a four gallon batch of rice pudding?

Other books mentioned:

More info about Supertasters can be found here.

Exits, Entrances and our Ephemeral Existence: Barn

Wednesday, June 27, 2007.

BarnAuthor: Debby Atwell
Illustrator: Debby Atwell
Published: 1996 Houghton Mifflin Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618153160

Ever occupied with the details of existence, generations of fleeting lives brush past the stalwart narrator spinning a tale of contrast and continuance that is a humbling reminder of the beauty and brevity of life.

Beneath the Bully: Big Black Bear

Friday, February 9, 2007.

Big Black BearAuthor: Wong Herbert Yee
Illustrator: Wong Herbert Yee
Published: 1996 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0395779421

Snappy rhyme and funky, expressive illustrations tell a quick and entertaining tale of boundaries, bad behaviour and the baby inside the bully. Our girls are just as tickled by this book now, at ages 5 and 7, as they were during its billions of readings in their toddler years.

Other books mentioned: Angel and the Polar Bear

Complete Craziness: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears

Wednesday, January 10, 2007.

Irving and Muktuk - Two Bad BearsAuthor: Daniel Manus Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jill Pinkwater (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618354042

Chucked full of colour, wacky wording and two bad bears bent on blueberry muffins, this crazy book is wacky, arctic fun.

Delicate Defiance: The Red Wolf

Tuesday, November 28, 2006.

The Red WolfAuthor: Margaret Shannon
Illustrator: Margaret Shannon
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0618737448

Brimming with mystique and echoes of Sendak, this fresh fairy tale subtly, yet powerfully, casts light on the costs of safety and the value of freedom. Our whole family is entranced by this fabulous book.

Just Plain Rotten: Not so Rotten Ralph

Monday, August 21, 2006.

Not So Rotten RalphAuthor: Jack Gantos
Illustrator: Nicole Rubel
Published: 1997 Houghton Mifflin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0395851564

Ralph is rotten and Sarah loves him anyway. I have to admit these books do play with my mind a bit, but our girls think they’re just the cat’s meow. This is my favourite of the bunch.


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