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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket, ill. Lisa Brown


“It is very frustrating not to be understood in this world. If you say one thing and keep being told that you mean something else, it can make you want to scream.” Kate and Betsy discuss a new Hanukkah classic. On that involves a lot of screaming, and a protagonist that (you guessed it) gets eaten.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg


Truly a book for our times. Is there any other picture book out there that causes kids to question what they’ve been told right from the start, more than this one? I make the argument in the podcast that this book is timely. It prepares children, in an era of news that is not always […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott


Let’s see. We did Tikki Tikki Tembo and Little Black Sambo. Seems like Arrow to the Sun is the natural complement to those two, don’t you think? Kate and I haven’t dug deep into a book with racist issues in a while, and we’ve never done any books where white folks told the stories of […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow, ill. William Pene du Bois


William’s Doll: Revenge of the Ascot! As you’ll hear on today’s podcast, we’re big time fans of this book, but we’d rather like it if Harper Collins could publish a re-illustrated edition. The reasons for this are, as you can see from the images below, pretty clear. With different clothing, we think William’s story could […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff


I’m just going to give away the game and break down exactly how this podcast plays out between Kate and myself. As you will recall, I’m a parent of two small children. Kate is not. So when we read this book, Kate became a full-throated supported of Team Mouse, while I put all my money […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Olivia by Ian Falconer


Since Kate had such strong feelings about Madeline and Eloise, I figured that we had to go with what I consider to be the third in the triumvirate of . . . let’s call ’em strong-minded ladies. If ever you’ve wanted to know the difference between miniature pigs, pot-bellied pigs, and razorback pigs, boy, have […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, ill. Dave McKean

Wolves in the Walls

I suspected that Kate had never encountered the art of Dave McKean before. What better time to show it to her than when it’s almost Halloween, sez I! Heck, for that matter Kate’s only vaguely aware of Neil Gaiman himself (didn’t know he was British). I try to give her a good dose of nightmare […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams


If you’ve ever listened to our podcast you’ll know that when it comes to readalouds, that particular kind of a picture book is a little difficult to convey when Kate reads it. I also love that Kate interpreted the cover of today’s book, before reading it, as a story about a gigantic, 24-ft tall pumpkin […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow


Older holiday books for kids have a tendency to be a bit on the white side. So I was thinking I was pretty slick when I came up with A Tiger Called Thomas for today’s discussion. But here’s the thing; I thought the version illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal was the only one out there. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Duck, Death, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch


We’re killing two birds with one stone this week (pun reluctantly intended). A reader suggested today’s book a long time ago. Add in the fact that it’s October and we should be doing some Halloween-themed titles and you’ve got yourself today’s latest edition of International Classic Picture Books. Take a trip to Germany to visit […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

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Happy October! We open this month of hauntings and spirits with a book about a terribly frightening monster! And by “terribly frightening” I mean “terribly frightened“. Inspired by our discussion of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus I decided to go to the source. Which is to say, the 4th wall breaking title that […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems


She’s so cute. Kate thought we wouldn’t have enough to talk about with this week’s podcast because the featured book is so simple in both text and image. Little did she know!!! What happens when an adult woman reads this book for the first time and is told that many consider it a modern day […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier


I run a blog for my job at Evanston Public Library on the side. The way I tend to distinguish it from this site is that the blog is mostly concerned with adult titles and other library-related affairs. Well, recently I reprinted my favorite Ogden Nash poem of all time Don’t Cry, Darling. It’s Blood […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey


As surely as you must be saying, “Didn’t Kate and Betsy just do a Robert McCloskey book?” so too I answer you, “Yep,” and “Indubidably,” and “Is that how you spell that word?” and “No, actually it’s ‘Indubitably’ which just looks wrong but it’s true.” All this you must be saying, but the only point […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey


Fiiiiiiiiiish . . . An aquatic creature that has absolutely NOTHING to do with this week’s book! So first and foremost, I am happy to announce that we now have our very own Twitter and Instagram accounts for this podcast. Woot! So tune in on Twitter @fuse_kate or on Instagram at fuse8kate. As for the […]