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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Oliver Button Is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

In honor of Tomie dePaola, who left us last week, I wanted to do one of his possible classics. We had already done Strega Nona on the show, but one other book might qualify for “classic” status. Kate and I tackle a book with a tricky title.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, ill. Laura Cornell

For WEEKS Kate has been bugging me to find her a celebrity picture book. When I finally did, she found it deeply degrading to women. Why? As you’ll see, today’s book hasn’t aged particularly well.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, Jose Aruego, and Ariane Dewey

In this episode you will find a multitude of plover adjacent ideas, thoughts about developmental issues and when it’s right to seek help vs. let things work out on their own, and why it’s weird Leo isn’t a lion. Like, not even a little bit.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury

Nothing! Kate gets introduced to Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury for the very first time. We take a deep dive into the bear’s motives here. Amongst other things.

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: 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 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.