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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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It’s very special episode day today! Kate and I are celebrating our 50th episode (where does the time go?). It seemed fitting that we mark the occasion with an important book. There are so many titles that we still haven’t done that could yield wonderful conversations. As such, it seems fitting that we finally do […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #30-26

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Two surprises on today’s list. First, there is the fact that Llama Llama makes two appearances on a single list. The second is that all but one of these books originally appeared as picture books and were since adapted. Is this a sign of things to come? As we near the Top 10, will everything […]

Review of the Day: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates By Ryan T. Higgins Hyperion (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $17.99 ISBN: 978-136800355-1 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Each year, as the new school year draws ever closer, a bounty of first day of school books are published. The bulk of them are overly familiar. A couple of them […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #35-31

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Before we go too much further into the poll list, I want you to look at this little graph I pulled today from my most recent copy of Publishers Weekly. Tell me what you see here: Did you notice the board book numbers? How they are conspicuously higher than all other types of books? This […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler

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If we are to assume that the point of my podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate is to shine a light on “classic” picture books and ascertain whether or not they deserve that designation, it’s a short walk to doing the same for books from other countries. What better then than to consider a picture book […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #40-36

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You realize, of course, that when we hit the Top 20 in these poll results that I’ll be doing a board book a day. Woohoo! Can’t wait for that to begin. Then again, there’s much to be said for these countdowns by 5s. Where else could you find such an eclectic array? Starting, of course, […]

Review of the Day: Sci-Fu by Yehudi Mercado

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Sci-Fu By Yehudi Mercardo Oni Press $12.99 ISBN: 9781620104729 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Not too long I attended a local comic convention in the Chicago area call C2E2. I’d been to the New York Comic Con once or twice, but that was small potatoes compared to this extravaganza. While there I had the chance […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Cece Bell

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It’s always a glorious day when there’s a new Walking and Talking to present. Today Steve Sheinkin has an in-depth discussion with Cece Bell. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the status of El Deafo 2 might be, now’s your chance to find out. Don’t forget to catch up with the whole series! Walking […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #45-41

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The other night I saw the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the life and work of Mr. Rogers. So much of the film discusses the emotional life and development of small children and I was continually struck by the fact that while I understand that the focus was on television and televised entertainment, […]

Video Premiere: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

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Last month I found myself overwhelmed. Overwhelmed, that is, with an incredible desire to review a book a full four months before its publication date. This is not an unheard of action on my part, but I do try to avoid talking up books too far in advance of their releases. Sometimes, though, when the […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #50-46

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Now that we’ve crested the fifty-mark, I’m going to slow things down a spell and start counting down by fives. Keep your eyes open wide, folks. These next few books are doozies:   #50 – Jamberry by Bruce Degen (1995) The legacy of Bruce Degen can be nicely sliced into two distinct categories. On the […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

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This week we decided that scatological was the way to go. And so, we are pleased to announce that this is honestly the first Nonfiction picture book we’ve done on the show. Thinking about it, this may well be the most famous Nonfiction picture book in America. I’d be interested in hearing your alternative suggestions. […]

Review of the Day: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25252-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th A good book, whether it’s written for a nine-year-old, a nineteen-year-old, or a ninety-year-old can tilt your perspective, if only momentarily. Consider the concept of the “happy ending” and what it’s supposed to resemble. […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #60-51

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I don’t like to pick favorites but the ten books featured on the list today might well be my favorite board book run of this series. I mean, where else are you going to find animals of the Native Northwest, imports, picture book adaptations, high contrast titles, and books with removable components? The list:   […]

Cover Reveal: No More Poems by Rhett Miller, ill. Dan Santat

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I have a lot of “things” that I particularly like. Nonfiction that doesn’t contain fake dialogue. Translated children’s books from overseas. Comics. Math. I guess Poetry could fall into that category as well. Works of children’s poetry are always of interest to me, and it seems like this year there’s a whole slew of them […]