Truth, Tyranny and Teamwork: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyAuthor: Trenton Lee Stewart
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316003956

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Creativity, dexterity, integrity and retentivity are raised to the rank of super-power as four stray eleven year olds battle mind-numbing media, personal misgivings and the elaborate scheming of a mind-sweeping megalomaniac in this puzzle-filled, cleverly hilarious page-turner.

You can watch a great little documentary about Carson Ellis’s album art fame here.

Riddles, Rhyme and Recognition: The Looking Book

Friday, November 2, 2007.

The Looking BookAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith (on JOMB)
Published: 2002 Little, Brown and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316363286

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Twenty-eight pages of mystery, mischief and marvelously meandering rhyme take us on a distraction-packed cat-finding mission that introduces youngsters to the numbers 1 to 28 and — perhaps, more importantly — introduces adults to the delightful art of dawdling.

Interview with Mary Ann Hoberman and Deborah Freedman

Monday, September 17, 2007.

Mary Ann Hoberman (photo courtesy of Little Brown and Company)Sometimes, a passion for children’s books — especially creating them — extends through generations of the same family. Take for example Mary Ann Hoberman, an accomplished author of over forty children’s books and many more poems, and her niece Deborah Freedman, an architect who’s first children’s book, Scribble, was published earlier this year.

On this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark speaks with Mary Ann Hoberman and Deborah Freedman about creativity, memory, children’s books and how these two creative women have influenced each other in their work.

Books mentioned:

PEN essay mentioned: Mary Ann Hoberman, “And Yet…”

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

Images:

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Reflection, Connection & Affection: Mama’s Saris

Friday, September 14, 2007.

Mama's SarisAuthor: Pooja Makhijani
Illustrator: Elena Gomez
Published: 2007 Little Brown And Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316011053

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Wrapped in crimson, green and gold, this warmly worded and richly illustrated account of motherly love shares a glimpse of the caring and compromise that can make minutes meaningful.

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Elinor and Violet: The Story of Two Naughty Chickens

Saturday, August 18, 2007.

Elinor and Violet: The Story of Two Naughty ChickensAuthor: Patti Beling Murphy
Illustrator: Patti Beling Murphy
Published: 2001 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316910880

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The only thing more titillating than a relatively good chicken sneakily undertaking pathetically mild misbehavior is an obnoxiously bad chicken brashly executing blatlantly bigtime misbehavior. This terrific book boasts both!

Fun, Times Eleven: The Eensy-Weensy Spider

Friday, June 8, 2007.

The Eensy-Weensy SpiderAuthor: Mary Ann Hoberman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439295165

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When it comes to generously illustrated sing-along staples, more is more. Boasting eleven extra verses of the classic toddler tune and thirty-two pages of captivating illustrations, this book has always left our girls eager for its next reading.

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Beauty in our Minds: The Sound of Colors

Wednesday, January 31, 2007.

The Sound of ColorsAuthor: Jimmy Liao
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
Published: 2006 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316939927

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Captivatingly colourful and creative illustrations combine with dreamy inner dialogue to carry us along on a journey of reflection, isolation, loss and hope. This book envelopes our whole family and sweeps us away.

Blog post mentioned: Alvina of Blue Rose Girls tells us about the aquisition of this book.

Sibling Solidarity: Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Friday, November 17, 2006.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed BigAuthor: Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator: Berkeley Breathed
Published: 2003 Little, Brown and Company (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0316144258

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Packed with action and emotion and carried by catapulting rhyme, this hilariously original story reminds us that caring siblings are gifts to be treasured.

We’re thankful for the caring sibling we have!

Two thankful Canadians wish you a safe & happy Thanksgiving season, wherever you are.

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

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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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