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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley Extras

Prediction on Why it Will Raise a Ruckus: There’s a brief glimpse of Raphael’s painting of the two bored looking cherubs.  Only in this version, one is Norman and the other is smoking a cigarette. When was the last time you saw a cigarette in a picture book that wasn’t being condemned?  Oh, this is going to be interesting . . .

Other Links: Please be so good as to direct your attention to the true hero of this book, Norman, and his MySpace page.  Is it just me, or has stress really made Norman look older than his 34 years?

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Tristan Elwell says:

    If you’re talking about the cherubs I assume you’re talking about, then it’s Raphael, not Michelangelo.

  2. Fuse #8 says:


    So true.

    Changing immediately, I am.