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

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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

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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

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“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

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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 […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson

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Our longest episode yet! That’s not a selling point, is it? Well, I found it notable. As it turns out, I had a LOT to say about this book. Kate had a LOT to opine about this book. Together we just got to ah-gabbin’ and lost track of time. And along the way we learn […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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One of the rare instances where the laptop stopped recording us right before the end of our podcast. The important thing is that we were able to fully discuss the book. The sad thing is that we lost our Letters and our Grown-Up Things We Like. Ah well. Next week then. This particular week we […]

Transcript: A Discussion of Little Black Sambo in Three Different Books

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A hearing impaired reader of my blog recently pointed out to me that at this point in time we produce no transcripts of my podcast. She wondered if one might be made available from our Little Black Sambo episode. Kate then took the time to type up the entire discussion. After that I went through […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

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Today marks a first. A first time that I have discovered that I’ve been mispronouncing the title of a popular children’s book for years and years and years. You might ask yourself, “How the heck do you mispronounce P.D. Eastman’s most classic book?” It’s all in the punctuation. In fact, I doubt anyone has ever […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Pierre by Maurice Sendak

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After delving so deeply into problematic picture books in February, Kate and I deserve a bit of a rest. And what, I ask, could be more restful than carnivorous animals devouring small boys? Particularly when said lions are the product of the inimitable and never imitated Maurice Sendak. This marks Sendak’s third appearance on the […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

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Not content to examine just Curious George and The Story of Babar, Kate and I round out our look at colonial children’s literature with a rather more serious examination of Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo. That said, we are not content to consider a single version. That’s why our primary focus will be the Christopher […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff

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Our theme of problematic picture books that deal indirectly with colonialism continue with this natural companion to Curious George. Today’s book is notable if only because it is the first “classic” we’ve discussed that I read as a child. Will that make me more inclined to like the book or not? You’ll just have to […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

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Take two! About two weeks ago Kate and I recorded this killer episode where we discussed the classic status (or lack thereof) of Curious George. Naturally, the computer ate the whole dang thing. So we’re doing something a little different this week. Kate’s already read the book so we’re changing things up a little. We […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Super Special Caldecott Contender Edition

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I’m so excited! Kate and I are taking a little break from our usual schtick this week because a week from today is the most exciting day of the year. You know the one I mean. It’s a week until the ALA Youth Media Awards where they’ll be announcing the Newbery and Caldecott Awards!!! I’m […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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I don’t usually pay much attention to the universe outside my peculiar little brain, but once in a while I poke my head out of the metaphorical dirt and realize that there’s a great big, wonderful world out there.  A world filled with movies based on picture books. Movies like the upcoming Peter Rabbit film. […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

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Over the last few podcasts I’ve introduced Kate to a great many “classic” picture books. But what about cult classic picture books? Don’t they deserve love as well? When I decided to initiate Kate in the ways of The Lonely Doll, I wasn’t entirely certain how she would act. Would she take to it like […]