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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 […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Oh. We’re churning them out now. We’ve got a rhythm. We’ve got a beat. And now we’re going to start rip-roaring through our books.  This week’s podcast episode (found here or on iTunes under “Kate n’ Fuse 8″) was a good one too. I decided to finally crack one of the Top Ten books that […]

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

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New episode, new episode, new episode, alert, alert! It’s been a little while but we’ve a new episode up and running.  I’m so pleased to say that my podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate which I do with my sister went in a distinctly Sendakian direction.  We delve deep into the oddities of the book, some […]