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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert

It’s hard to be gloomy in the presence of this upbeat little number. Can you believe it’s our first Bill Martin Jr. book on the show? We discuss a glaring mistake in the art, why kids desire to have parties on the tops of trees, and more on this week’s episode of the podcast.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

I did not expect my conversation with Kate about this book to devolve into a very long and intense argument over whether or not Frosty the Snowman dies at the end of his song. I say he doesn’t, she say he does. It was like we were discussing the end of The Giver or something!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Generally speaking, when fishing for classics, Kate and I like to look at books that have been out for 20 years. And so, the minute that it became 2020, I ran over to my library’s children’s room and checked out today’s title. Now the question of the day with this podcast is whether, in light of the truly magnificent children’s books coming out from Native and Indigenous authors, Jingle Dancer still stands up.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Day the Babies Crawled Away With Special Guest Star Aaron Reynolds!!

A book that isn’t afraid to be a little weird is a book I can truly respect. Guest star Aaron Reynolds suggests this Peggy Rathmann classic, to the benefit of all.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

With the full and present knowledge that monkeys in children’s literature are problematic to the extreme, Kate and I tackle a book that involves a kind of animal that is professed to be a monkey but is, in fact, an ape, much like the problematic-in-his-own-way Curious George.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Today the book I bring is none other than that Reading Rainbow classic A Chair for My Mother. I talk about some of the good narrative choices made by this book, while Kate talks about some of the very strange illustration choices.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

“I have a big red dog. Accept the reality in which I live.” You’ve gotta hand it to Kate. Thanks to her we find far more to talk about concerning Clifford than I ever thought possible. From Emily Elizabeth’s fashion sense to why you wouldn’t want to camp under his jowls to the logistics of pouring hot tea on your dog’s tongue, this book is rife with possibilities.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2020 Caldecott Contenders

If you get your kicks out of Kate and I disagreeing about books, today’s episode may not be for you. Each year I present Kate with 2-3 Caldecott contenders. Which is to say, we discuss books that may or may not win the Caldecott Award (which will be handed out a week from today on […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemsha, and Dan Yaccarino

How old are we all that Trashy Town is 21? Is it just me or does that seem like a very large number? Continuing to attempt to find storytime classics that librarians love, I had Kate take a look at this readaloud classic.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Kate and I had just finished recording our episode on Knuffle Bunny Too. Mind you, Kate has never been the biggest Mo Willems fan out there. She wasn’t particularly enamored of Knuffle Bunny the first. How would the second fare?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Chanukkah Guest / Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

It’s the last day of Hanukkah and what better way to celebrate than with one book split into two parts? In 1990 Eric Kimmel adapted a story he’d written for Cricket Magazine to a picture book format and called it The Chanukkah Guest. Then, in 2013 he took that same Cricket Magazine tale and turned it into the slightly different Hanukkah Bear. One story. One author. Two different versions. Are they both Hanukkah classics or will only one make the final cut?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Nativity by Julie Vivas

Today’s book is sort of a favor to our mom. She’s always been very fond of this particular telling of The Nativity, and it remains a favorite to this day.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Small Miracle by Peter Collington

Ah! At last! The chance to combine three of my favorite types of books on this podcast: Holiday Books, Wordless Books, and Cult Classics. What can I say? I like a book that leans into its weirdness.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Unfortunately by Remy Charlip

Fortunately, I got Kate to read my favorite Remy Charlip book. Unfortunately, she had a take on it that I was not expecting. Take a deep dive into a book that defies logic repeatedly.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, ill. Maurice Sendak

Before I discussed this book with Kate I actually Googled, “A Kiss for Little Bear weird” and found nothing. As such, let THIS be the first online article or posting to declare this book to be downright peculiar.