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The Inexpensive Way to Keep Up With the Oscar Contenders

Yesterday, on Tuesday, January 23rd, the Oscar nominations were officially released. There was good news (yay, Get Out!), bad (boo, Three Billboards!), and everything in-between, but all in all it was a lot of the films folks had already been discussing as award contenders. If you’re anything like me, it can be hard to keep up with what’s out there. That’s why I devised a solution using my favorite resource: children’s books. Too busy to see the hottest critically acclaimed films? Then just read their children’s book equivalents:

If You Want to See:



My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life by Kate Feiffer, ill. Diane Goode


If You Want to See:

The Shape of Water


Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, ill. Tony Fucile

(particularly the second story, “Give a Fish a Home”, about Bink’s love for a fish.)

Just replace the pancake with a hard boiled egg.

If You Want to See:

The Post


The Berenstain Bears in No Girls Allowed by Stan and Jan Berenstain

That one’s pretty self-explanatory.

If You Want to See: 

I, Tonya


The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

Not that the girl in this story suffers to the extent that Tonya does, but I feel like her attitude of strength is pretty on par.

If You Want to See:

Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri


Petey and Pru and the Hullaballoo Ammi-Joan Paquette, ill. Joy Ang

Because if you’re looking for a book of increasing chaos, I don’t think you could find a better one than this.

And finally . . .


If You Want to See:

Call Me By Your Name



James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


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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. Boy, you got me on the last one!
    Yay, Betsy!

  2. Susan Nilsson says:

    *snort* I just finished listening to the peach scene on audio-book on the way to work yesterday. Scandalous!

  3. I chortled until the last one.

    That’s when I almost fell over laughing.

    *slow clap*