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Funny Girl, Funny Face: Fanny Brice and Eloise

Many of us know that Kay Thompson based the character of Eloise on a stage persona she’d once performed in nightclubs. But were you aware of Fanny Brice’s similar character from decades before Eloise’s appearance? I examine the relationship between these two “little girls”.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Kay Thompson’s Eloise by Kay Thompson

It’s very special episode time! Very special for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kate took five hours to edit this episode down from two and a half hours to a svelte, sleek 47:41. It was also special because we had two guests from fellow podcast Go Your Own […]

Fusenews: Quoth Walter Cronkite – “Eloise has been kidnapped”

I’m quick and slick and blogging like a . . . like a . . . like a woman who can’t come up with a third rhyme!  Doggone it . . .   Look at this guy with this book doing his business like it ain’t no thing.  You go, man, go!   If you’ve […]

Fusenews: Nothing but death, deer, and Zionism as far as the eye can see

Top of the morning to you, froggies!  I had one heckuva weekend, I tell you.  Actually it was just one heckuva Saturday.  First there was the opening of the new Bank Street Bookstore location here in NYC.  I was one of the local authors in attendance and, as you can see from this photograph taken […]

Video Sunday: “White inside the hambone always”

When actress Lena Dunham started talking in the news about how she wanted to turn Catherine Called Birdy into a film, I was intrigued.  And apparently she’s not a fly-by-night children’s book lover either.  All her tattoos are children’s literature inspired.  Hearing this I figured she’d have the usual suspects.  Eloise, sure.  And she does […]

Top 100 Picture Books #76: Eloise by Kay Thompson

#76 Eloise by Kay Thompson (1955) 26 points Oh my!  This I did not expect.  What can we extrapolate from a book that previously held the coveted #37 slot on our last Picture Book Poll, falling incredibly to a lowly #76?  It’s particularly strange when you consider the sheer plethora of Eloise marketing going on […]