Left Reeling: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Author: Jonah Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: André Carrilho (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375837388

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Gilded, stylized illustrations, scads of stats and lilting, laid back narration present an inspiring tale of persistence, power, poise and prevalent potential in this intimate look at the short but striking career of one of baseball’s greats.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Radio Producer and Sound Artist Paolo Pietropaolo explains why he loves Fantastic Mr. Fox (by Roald Dahl).

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Open to More: A Penguin Story

Friday, March 13, 2009.

A Penguin StoryAuthor: Antoinette Portis (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Antoinette Portis
Published: 2009 HarperCollins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0061456888

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Delightfully expressive body language and the thrill of missed details make this artfully simple-seeming tale an endearing adventure in determination, imagination and belief in the unimaginable.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Melitsa Avila shares her love of a British classic, Each Peach Pear Plum (by Janet and Allan Ahlberg).

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Reading Romance: The Storytelling Princess

Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

The Storytelling PrincessAuthor: Rafe Martin (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kimberly Bulcken Root (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142500852

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Zest for life, heaps of books and double twists that tingle time after time, this newfangled fairy tale serves a thrilling mix of stormy seas, storytelling, romance and strong-willed women.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and New York Times columnist, Mike Winerip explains why Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of his current favourite books.

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After Ever After: The Frog Prince Continued

Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The Frog Prince ContinuedAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Steve Johnson (on JOMB)
Published: 1991 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 014054285X

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Delightfully flippant dialogue and dark, stylized illustrations laced with familiar, fun-to-find details take us on a hilarious journey through the forest of fairy tales in this quest for missing marital bliss.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Paul Muller talks about passing along his enjoyment of Pickle Things (by Marc Brown), a book from his childhood, to his own son.

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Bone to be Wild: The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008.

The Ghost of Nicholas GreebeAuthor: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: S.D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 1996 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0140562672

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Haunting, humour and expertly crosshatched seventeenth century detail make the moonlit migrations of a borrowed bone a slightly spooky Hallowe’en favourite.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Z of GeekDad and HipsterPlease.com tells us about Llama, Llama Red Pajama (by Anna Dewdney). Thank you!

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Interview with Jon Scieszka: The True Story of The National Book Festival

Monday, September 22, 2008.

National Book Day with Ambassador Jon ScieszkaFor the last 8 years, the United States Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council have hosted an amazing celebration of literacy and children’s books. It’s called The National Book Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 27th 2008. Thousands are expected to join in the festivities and meet authors and illustrators. And many more will be celebrating across the globe, thanks to The Young Readers’ Toolkit.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, I’m joined by Jon Scieszka author of a long list of fabulously original books including Science Verse and Math Curse, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to talk about this year’s National Book Festival, his role in promoting literacy and balancing a child’s reading diet.

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For more information about the National Book Festival, click here.

To join into the festivities from afar by accessing the Young Readers’ Toolkit, click here.

Special thanks to Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page for lending her expertise as we prepared for this interview.

Interview with Lane Smith

Monday, August 25, 2008.

Whether the theme is politics, science or math, Lane Smith is always able to entertain his readers with a striking relationship between words and art. And today, August 25, 2008, he’s celebrating his 49th birthday. Happy birthday, Lane!

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author and illustrator Lane Smith (on JOMB) talks about being a custodial host and a published author — both with Disney, writing children’s books with a political theme and how the book publishing industry is constantly evolving.

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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 justonemorebook@gmail.com, or phone it in to our JOMB listener hotline (206-350-6487).

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Sun, Snubs and Striving: My Best Friend

Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

My Best FriendAuthor: Mary Ann Rodman
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Puffin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142408069

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Sunshine bounces from dancing water on every page of this gorgeously captured exploration of poolside politics and the prevalent pain of unrequited attentions.

Infectious Burlesque: Science Verse

Friday, November 30, 2007.

Science VerseAuthor: Jon Scieszka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lane Smith (on JOMB)
Published: 2004 Penguin Young Reader (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0670062693

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Mother Goose, Longfellow and Edgar Allen Poe get a jolt of unshakable Scieszkan nonsense in this addictive collection of twisted belt-it-out classics.

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Check out 7-Imp’s interview with the amazing Jon Scieszka here.

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Living From the Heart: Falling Angels

Monday, September 3, 2007.

Falling AngelsAuthor: Colin Thompson
Illustrator: Colin Thompson
Published: Random House UK (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0091768179

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Spellbindingly surreal illustrations contrast with matter-of-fact narrative to relay this thought provoking story of perspective, choice and inter-generational connection: “All you have to do is keep your dreams”.

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Interview with Teri Sloat

Monday, June 11, 2007.

Teri SloatSo many cultures depend on storytelling to preserve themselves and their traditions, yet so few of those stories have been published properly, or at all, in children’s books.

Mark speaks with author/illustrator Teri Sloat about preserving and rejuvenating first nations stories in picture books as part of the First Languages Program.

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