Sheree Fitch on Awards, Writing and Movie Deals

Monday, May 25, 2009.

In one of our very early interviews on Just One More Book!!, Sheree Fitch shared her thoughts on writing for children, the Theology of Nonsense and the power of poetry (A Conversation with Sheree Fitch).  A few months ago she returned to talk about bringing back a classic children’s book that had been out of print for 5 years (Sheree Fitch: Reviving Sleeping Dragons).

On this edition, Sheree Fitch is a guest of our home to talk about being shortlisted for the highest honour in Canadian adult humour — The Stephen Leacock award, the differences between writing adult fiction and children’s books, and the movie deal for her YA novel The Gravesavers.

Other books by Sheree Fitch:

Sheree Fitch: Reviving Sleeping Dragons

Monday, December 15, 2008.

You could say that Sheree Fitch became a part of our family long before we met her in 2006.  Ahhh… the mark of a great author, that their books are so good that you wake up with them each morning, hang out with them all day and go to bed with them at night.  That’s what made it so sad when we found out that a large portion of Sheree’s books were no longer in print.

In November 2006, we spent a few hours with Sheree when she was in Ottawa.  We talked about children’s books and our daughter Lucy read aloud the amazing book Sleeping Dragons All Around.  We brought Mocha Maple Chocolate cupcakes as a treat.  And so began our campaign to have Sleeping Dragons reprinted.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Sheree Fitch talks about the 20th anniversary edition of Sleeping Dragons All Around, being the author of a book that’s reaching a second generation and how Sleeping Dragons became and will always be a part of a family that suffered a tragic loss.

More Sheree Fitch on Just One More Book:

This is the second in a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In part one, we replayed our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality.

A conversation with Sheree Fitch

Monday, November 13, 2006.

Sheree FitchOur family was extremely lucky to spend 3 hours chatting with author (Sleeping Dragons All Around), poet (If I Had a Million Onions) and all-round interesting person, Sheree Fitch. We had a great time!!

Mark has whittled the recording down to a 30-minute conversation that includes Sheree’s thoughts on writing for children, the Theology of Nonsense and the power of poetry.

For more on The Theology of Nonsense, listen to Sheree on Mark’s Podcast, Electric Sky.

Thinking Big, Beautifully: I Am Small

Friday, April 3, 2009.

I Am SmallAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Kim LaFave (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254555

“My eyes belong only to me, they tell me I’m me and nobody else.
But if I were not inside my body, who would be me?”

Breezy, upbeat illustrations and beautifully worded wonderings give us a stirring glimpse of the fresh and often forgotten preschool perspective in this thought-provoking reminder that, when it comes right down to it, we’re all small.

Pop over to for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thelma Slater, Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission in Canton, Ohio, checks in with her fifty-something son to recall some of his childhood favourites including Dr. Seuss.

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.

Dorian Green: What’s with author and illustrator photos?

Saturday, January 17, 2009.

Why are author and illustrator photos so often so far out of date?

Listen to our discussion about author and illustrator photos then share your thoughts by either leaving a comment on our blog or leaving a voice message on our listener hotline, +1.206.350.6487.

Authors mentioned:

Thanks to Bob Staake for making us ageless in his great Just One More Book!! caricature.

Filed under: Discussions,Podcast

Revisiting Poesy Perfection: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Saturday, December 13, 2008.

Author: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michele Nidenoff (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Nimbus Publishing (20th anniversary edition)
ISBN: 1551096994

On August 30, 2006, we published episode 22 of Just One More Book!! It was a review of a permanent family favourite, Sleeping Dragons All Around, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Michele Nidenoff. We would learn, shortly afterward, that the book was out of print.

We’ve become friendly with Sheree since we interviewed her for episode 54 published on November 13, 2006 and we’ve always told her how disappointed we were that Sleeping Dragons and some of her other fabulous children’s books, were no longer available.

Not for long.

As it turns out, the 20th anniversary of Sleeping Dragons All Around will be celebrated on January 25, 2009, with the re-release of the book. And guess what’s printed on the dust jacket. Our Just One More Book!! blog blurb from that August 30, 2006 book chat:

How cool is that?

This is the first of a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In this part, we replay our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality. Part two will be released on Monday, December 15, 2008 and will feature a new interview with Sheree about the new edition and a story of how Sleeping Dragons All Around has made an impact.

Want to see our other dust jacket appearance? Click here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelley Burns shares a year-after-year favourite book, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas).

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.

Soul Tonic and Spoonerisms: If I Had a Million Onions

Friday, August 8, 2008.

If I Had a Million OnionsAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yayo (Diego Herrera)
Published: 2005 Tradewind Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1896580785

Tangy rainbow-fashioned sketches and popping, crackling, soaring, gliding rhyme make these sixty three pages of wordplay and warmth a poetry medley for all ages.

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Also mentioned:

Exquisite Insanity: There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen!

Friday, January 25, 2008.

There Were Monkeys In My KitchenAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Marc Mongeau (on JOMB)
Published: 1992 Doubleday Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0385254709

Concentrated comedy, chaos, and commotion explode from every detail-packed image and fervent verse of this frenzied celebration of syllables and silliness.

Is it just me, or does this book perfectly capture the pandemonium of parenting?

Other books mentioned:

  • Mabel Murple

Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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, 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!

Filed under: Canadian,Podcast,Review,UK

Listener Input Show #6

Saturday, November 11, 2006.

In this episode, we discuss the way in which books can influence our lives, talk about Sheree Fitch‘s latest book of poems, If I Had A Million Onions, and play a listener submitted review:

We hope you’ll tell us about one of your favourite books too!

Send your review (five-minutes or less) as an MP3 file in email to, phone it in to our listener feedback line (206-350-6487), leave a two-minute MyChingo, or send your text review in email.

Poesy Perfection: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Wednesday, August 30, 2006.

Sleeping Dragons All AroundAuthor: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michele Nidenoff
Published: 1992 Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 0385253982

This fabulously fun nighttime expedition is essential bedtime reading for the toddler and preschool crowd. Full of crackerjack words, plenty of variety and a deceptively simple plot, our copy is worn ragged.


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