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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes


Thanks to a listener suggestion, Kate and I finally crack open the Henkes box. And when you’re talking Henkes, there’s only one place to start. Now I should warn you right from the start that I make an egregious error in this podcast. I own this mistake. This thing of darkness I claim mine. You […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish


How do you follow up The Giving Tree? Well, that’s a tricky one. I wasn’t entirely certain where to go from the top of the pops (as it were). I wanted to do something recognizable but not necessarily a slam dunk. And I don’t know why Amelia Bedelia occurred to me. She’s so ubiquitous that […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


It’s very special episode day today! Kate and I are celebrating our 50th episode (where does the time go?). It seemed fitting that we mark the occasion with an important book. There are so many titles that we still haven’t done that could yield wonderful conversations. As such, it seems fitting that we finally do […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler


If we are to assume that the point of my podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate is to shine a light on “classic” picture books and ascertain whether or not they deserve that designation, it’s a short walk to doing the same for books from other countries. What better then than to consider a picture book […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi


This week we decided that scatological was the way to go. And so, we are pleased to announce that this is honestly the first Nonfiction picture book we’ve done on the show. Thinking about it, this may well be the most famous Nonfiction picture book in America. I’d be interested in hearing your alternative suggestions. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack, ill. Kurt Wiese


Hope you like Kathleen Turner, because in this long delayed episode I’m clearly doing my best rendition of her. Apologies for the gap in the episodes. Fortunately, we’re back in style. This week we discuss a book that has a complicated history. It would be easier if this were a more straightforward case of racism. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel


The name of the game here is A Break From Brats. I wanted to get Kate out of the realm of bratty children’s book protagonists, so I thought the world’s greatest friendship pair was the way to go. But before we get to that, we do a rundown of the best and worst picture books […]

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 […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard and James Marshall


I don’t think I expected to get into an in-depth conversation about Miss Nelson’s cosplay as Viola Swamp, and why precisely she chooses to do so, but that’s the kind of podcast this is. Along the way Kate and I get into what the Wicked Witch of the West might have been wearing under that […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood


When it comes to selecting books for the podcast, I tend towards those books that have lots of details. And this one, as Kate was quick to learn, could go head to head with Where’s Waldo in terms of hidden details. Alas, no clowns this week but we make up for it in other ways. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown


What do making sushi and reading Margaret Wise Brown’s second most popular picture book have in common? We’re doing both in one night on the old podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate! We’re trying to do a couple more ladies than we’ve done in the past. We talk about whether or not this book has Fellini […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


After promising Kate that we’d do a book by a lady, I had to determine the best possible choice. My idea was to look on my old Top 100 Picture Books Poll and see who the top women on there were. #1? Margaret Wise Brown. #2 was Judith Viorst and this book. You know, you […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky


Mother’s Day isn’t exactly around the corner, but this episode is basically our present to our mom. She’s been bugging us to do this particular book for ages. Certainly that Caldecott Honor in the corner of the cover gives it the necessary picture book classics cred. Rumpelstiltskin is, indeed, one of my favorites. As you […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


“50% of this book is just depressed donkeys.” In lieu of Shrek (which I had zippo information on hand to bandy about) I decided we’d go with what is arguably the second most famous Steig picture book out there. You know. The one chock full of sadness and woe. Along the way we tackle grammar, […]

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant: Fuse 8 n’ Kate Transcription


This week Kate and I didn’t release a new episode of our podcast. In lieu of that, she’s typed up a transcript of our Babar episode, for those of you that would prefer our banter in written form. Here then is the episode in full. Many thanks, indeed, to Kate for doing the dirty work […]