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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

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In lieu of a famous Thanksgiving picture book (which does not exist) I decided a good way to go would be to do something food-related. And what’s more foodie than food falling from the sky? This one is easy since it had a film of the same name. It’s remembered . . . sorta. Due […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (a very special episode)

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That’s right! After a month of good but relatively obscure titles I’m declaring today Very Special Episode Day for the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast. Folks have requested this one since our inception and now, for your listening enjoyment, I have the honor of springing this book on someone who has never read it before. […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

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The end of October looms and so our last spooky picture book falls under consideration this week. As I mention on the episode, we’ve strayed a bit from the classic book path. Don’t worry. Kate suggested that for our next episode we should do something that’s “bad”. I have an idea. Let’s see if I […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

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At first it was difficult to come up with good Halloween-appropriate picture books. And then someone reminded me of this book. That I didn’t think of it myself is just a crying shame. What a perfect book to do for October! It is now officially the oldest text we’ve done on the podcast, if not […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag ft. James Kennedy

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It’s time for the sweetest little tale of kitty cannibalism ever to grace our gentle bookshelves!  And best of all, this very special episode of the podcast comes with a very special guest! Yes indeed we poached James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish and creator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to take […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

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BOO! Happy October, everybody! In keeping with the season I’ve decided that this month of Fuse 8 n’ Kate we should go spooky. I’m talking Werewolf Bar Mitzvah spooky (Kate didn’t get the reference either, don’t worry). With that in mind I wanted to find a book that might not have been meant to be […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

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When we recorded this episode I had no idea that Dr. Seuss easy readers would become such a hotbed of controversy, all thanks to the story of the librarian that refused a recent “gift” from Melania Trump. Had we but known, we would have touched on that element as well. Or maybe I should have […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

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As I mentioned yesterday, today’s episode is in honor of Banned Books Week. And let me tell you, it was hard to find an appropriate picture book without covering already well trod ground. In retrospect we should have held off on Heather Has Two Mommies until now and not jumped the gun back in the […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Lon Po Po by Ed Young

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Am I surprising anyone when I tell you that our podcast episodes with the greatest number of listeners are the ones where we review bad or contentious books? Well if that’s your aim then time to bail out now. This week Kate has to grapple with the awesomeness that is Lon Po Po. Will she […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan and Jan Berenstain

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Happy tenth episode! We can’t choose favorite episodes, still being a relatively new podcast, but after recording this latest I can confirm that it is without a doubt the one closest to my heart so far. It is our first series book and our first listener suggestion. It is also the weirdest dang book. I […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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Though I acknowledge the danger of running through the most popular picture books too early in my little podcast’s lifespan, for whatever reason I couldn’t resist going for the gold (so to speak). This one’s quite a bit of fun. Kate manages to drive me crazy within the first 30 seconds by calling Harry Potter […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

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You know how folks talk all the time about how more men win the Caldecott Award than women? Well, I’ve always sort of ignored that statement, citing in my head all kinds of women from over the years. Then, this week, I decided that we just haven’t done enough women illustrators on our show. Authors, […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

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Sometimes in the course of running through the classics Kate and I are in danger of looking at books for kids with too clinical an eye. For example, I might easily forget that Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman is, at its core, a very sad little book. Fortunately Kate’s there to remind me, […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

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In this week’s podcast it took me what I consider a bloody long time to realize that all our previous picture books had one glaring thing in common.  They were all by white people. And sure, we talked about misappropriation with Tikki Tikki Tembo and flirted with diversity with Heather Has Two Mommies, but that […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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We recorded this week’s podcast during Shark Week. What better way to celebrate than to read the shiniest fishy in the sea. This week we experimented with putting me in the left ear and Kate in the right. Is this a good way of handling the problem of our similar voices or deeply annoying to […]