Posted on November 25th, 2013 by pajamapress
“Nix Minus One blew me away…I loved the characters. From Nix to Roxy to the girl named Blue – no character was flat and typical. The story was multi-leveled and made me care about all aspects of it.
…Jill Maclean knows how to twist her readers with some pretty raw emotions. If I could, I’d put this book in the hands of every teenager I met. Buy this book for your favorite teen for Christmas. Trust me, it’s way better than the underwear and socks you’re thinking about getting them.”
— Kim Firmston
Click here to read the full review.
Posted in Nix Minus One | Tagged Canada, jill-maclean, kim-firmston, nix-minus-one, Novel, open-book, open-book-toronto, Review, ya, young-adult
Posted on June 26th, 2013 by pajamapress
“Alma Fullerton is an award-winning children’s author living in Midland, Ontario. Although she’s an accomplished visual artist, her newest book, Community Soup (Pajama Press), is the first book she’s illustrated herself. Directed towards children ages four to seven, Community Soup gives young Canadians a fun look at everyday life in a Kenyan village, including a mischievous herd of goats.
Today, Alma tells Open Book about why she writes for children and how she gets it all done.”
Click here to read the interview.
Posted in Comunity Soup | Tagged alma-fullerton, artist, author, book, children, community-soup, goats, illustrator, interview, kenya, midland, ontario, open-book, picture-book
Posted on May 9th, 2013 by pajamapress
Don’t miss Open Book Toronto’s newest installment of “Five Things Literary.” Today, in honour of last week’s release of her debut novel Namesake, Sue MacLeod shares her favourite literary hotspots in the Eglinton West neighbourhood.
Check it out!
Posted in Namesake | Tagged eglinton-west, five-things-literary, interview, namesake, Novel, open-book, sue-macleod, teen, Toronto, ya
Posted on August 29th, 2012 by pajamapress
Just days before the paperback release of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, Open Book Toronto has posted an interview with author Rob Laidlaw. In the interview, Rob talks about puppy mills, reading recommendations for animal lovers, and the dogs he has rescued and loved—even if it meant kicking down a door.
Click here to see the interview.
Posted in No Shelter Here | Tagged author, books, dogs, interview, Juvenile, no-shelter-here, non-fiction, open-book, open-book-toronto, Pajama Press, puppy-mills, rob-laidlaw, writing
Posted on June 4th, 2012 by pajamapress
Open Book’s new series Read To Me features “magical children’s books that kids will ask you to read multiple times, and that you’ll love reading.”
On May 31 Read To Me featured Don’t Laugh at Giraffe and explained why it’s a great read for everyone:
“WHY KIDS WILL LOVE IT: The relationships in Don’t Laugh at Giraffe cleverly reflect the often-confusing relationships kids have with other kids. Figuring out how to be with others is tricky for children, and they will likely welcome the conversation the book can inspire. Bender’s illustrations are gorgeous, colourful and lively.
WHY GROWN UPS WILL LOVE IT: The book’s message is lovely and an important one for children to understand: we all need to be strong enough to stand up against bullies and to stick up for our friends. The book’s appeal doesn’t just lie in its message; Bender’s charming and funny writing and vibrant illustrations make Don’t Laugh at Giraffe a very entertaining book to read out loud.”
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