The Art and Books of Maurice Sendak

Saturday, September 13, 2008.

Maurice Sendak exhibitMark was in Philadelphia last weekend to attend a conference called PodCamp Philly. The sessions focused on social media and podcasting.

After delivering a session, Mark was approached by Melissa Thiessen who told him about an exhibit of art and children’s books by Maurice Sendak.

So, on the Sunday, Mark and his three new friends piled into a car and hustled out to the Rosenbach Museum and Library where they raced through the exhibit in thirty-minutes during a break before rushing back in time to participate in a panel discussion.

This episode features a discussion among four people, connected by a love of children’s books, sharing what they learned and what they love most about Maurice Sendak and his books. Which just goes to show that, like pop culture discussions, children’s book discussions can take place anywhere; even in cars.

Conversation participants:

Also on this edition, our listener hotline takes a call from Knoxville, Tennessee about the book Monster Mama (written by Liz Rosenberg and illustrated by Stephen Gammell). Thanks for calling!

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.

Love of Reading Gallery – Patricia Storms

Monday, September 7, 2009.

As we find ourselves soldiering into our fourth year of Just One More Book!!, we’re still catching up on interviews with illustrators that contributed original work to our Love of Reading Gallery as part of our second anniversary celebrations.  Yes, we’re a little behind.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with illustrator Patricia Storms about her contribution — All the Hep Cats are Reading — and how cats and books go well together, some of her favourite children’s book authors and re-illustrating a book by Maurice Sendak.

Be sure to enjoy all of the amazing artwork in our Love of Reading Gallery.

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!

More gallivanting animals on JOMB:

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)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Chat with Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky

Monday, September 29, 2008.

Paul O. Zelinsky (photo from book art comes in many forms and styles.  It can be vibrant and playful, lush and detailed, sketch-like and minimalist, and even explosive like pop-up books.

Because he has so effectively used different styles of art and writing in his books including Rapunzel, The Shivers in the Fridge and The Wheels on the Bus, Paul O. Zelinsky can’t really be described in just a few words.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky talks about being a student of Maurice Sendak, the qualities of different styles of art and how they reflect fantasy and reality, and how we connect with illustrations.

Other books mentioned:

To hear more from Mr. Zelinsky, subscribe to our monthly newsletter at and look for him in our October 2008 issue.

Great minds think alike: Once again our 7imp buddies and ourselves have a common guest. Be sure to check out Paul O. Zelinsky’s visit with Jules & Eisha today on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

The intro to this episode was recorded by Mark at gate C18 in Dulles International Airport during his trip home from the second annual Kidlit Conference, this year in Portland, OR.


Listener Submitted Reviews #24

Saturday, August 2, 2008.

On this edition, we play a listener submitted review from New Zealand and two that we recorded in the Rogers Television green room in Ottawa.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Send your MP3 recorded or type-written review in email to, or phone it in to our JOMB listener hotline (206-350-6487).

Need some inspiration? Give a listen to 23 previous listener submitted review episodes here.

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.

Favourite Children’s Books from PodCamp Philly

Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Photo of Mark interviewing Chef Mark by CC ChapmanOn this edition of Just One More Book!, Mark gathers some book suggestions from Podcamp Philly Campers.

Our guest reviewers, their primary websites/blogs and their favourite children’s books are:

Todd Marrone: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Kristen Crusius: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Chef Mark Tafoya: In the Night Kitchen (on JOMB)
Francis Wooby: Goodnight Moon
Jesse Taylor
A Wrinkle in Time

C.C. Chapman: Green Eggs and Ham
Gretchen Vogelzang
: Who Says Quack?, Goodnight Moon, The Magic Treehouse Series, The Enders
Steve Garfield
: Help us identify the book
Whitney Hoffman
: Artemis Fowl
Eric Skiff
: Everyone Poops
Christopher Penn
The Butter Battle Book
Paige Heninger
: The Rainbow Goblins, Sheep in a Jeep, Charlie and Lola Series
Lynnette Young: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz

Photo courtesy of C.C. Chapman


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