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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 […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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This is one of those cases where the weather determined the subject of this week’s podcast. And there are few picture books out there snowier than this old Keats classic. Easily considered one of the Top 5 picture books in the nation in terms of fame and popularity, Kate had nevertheless not really even heard […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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Happy New Year! It’s another edition of Fuse 8 n’ Kate which, at this rate, may be soon renamed The Random Facts About Koalas Show. So why this book today? My logic here is that since the Time Person of the Year of 2017 was #MeToo I should come up with a classic children’s book […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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Shhh! Don’t tell Kate! I was supposed to drop this podcast on Monday as per usual but I got my dates mixed up and thought that Monday was Sunday. That’s the holidays for you. A bummer but since Kate has only a minimal online presence I’m going to try and sneak it through on a […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, ill. Trina Schart Hyman

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So Kate asked me to pull out a classic children’s book that was also a Hanukkah book this week. A tricky proposition but by no means an impossible one. Today’s selection is a Caldecott Honor title that has been performed by and read to children for years. You might debate the degree to which this […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Corduroy by Don Freeman

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The gift giving season is upon us so it seemed appropriate to foist upon Kate that old tale of copious consumption and old-fashioned department stores (with just a touch of multiculturalism for spice). Yep! Corduroy it is! I find it very very important to begin this podcast by laying down the law on Marry, Kiss, […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

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Kate is under the distinct impression that she sounds like Dracula in this episode, but I say she’s Luigi-tastic. She also had to edit the living heck out of this one because I just kept flubbing the lines repeatedly. I have no idea what was going on with my tongue that day. She in turn […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

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She’s no household name, though Verna Aardema has been behind some of the most memorable books in the field of children’s literature. And yet, we could easily have a lot of debate about authenticity and appropriation as it relates to her books. Her best known to this day, I would argue, would have to be […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

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In lieu of a famous Thanksgiving picture book (which does not exist) I decided a good way to go would be to do something food-related. And what’s more foodie than food falling from the sky? This one is easy since it had a film of the same name. It’s remembered . . . sorta. Due […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (a very special episode)

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That’s right! After a month of good but relatively obscure titles I’m declaring today Very Special Episode Day for the Fuse 8 n’ Kate podcast. Folks have requested this one since our inception and now, for your listening enjoyment, I have the honor of springing this book on someone who has never read it before. […]

Spooky, October-Infused Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

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The end of October looms and so our last spooky picture book falls under consideration this week. As I mention on the episode, we’ve strayed a bit from the classic book path. Don’t worry. Kate suggested that for our next episode we should do something that’s “bad”. I have an idea. Let’s see if I […]