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Review of the Day: Magic Candies by Heena Baek, translated by Sophie Bowman

Deeply touching, funny, and incredibly odd, this is the kind of picture book that gets you excited about picture books all over again.

Insufficiently Appreciated: Books I Should Have Reviewed

Today I pay homage to a couple of the books that I should have made more of an effort to praise properly when they first were published.

The Middle Grade Spotify Playlist: A “The Best Worst Summer” Guest Post

Elizabeth Eulberg guest posts and shares a VERY 1989 Spotify playlist to accompay her latest book THE BEST WORST SUMMER.

Review of the Day: Mars Is by Suzanne Slade

Want to instill Mars fever? Then you gotta catch this book.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Kate and I discuss the many problematic elements of Paul Goble’s 1979 Caldecott Award winner at length.

Book Giveaway! Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird

Enter to win a bound copy of my upcoming middle grade debut LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS, illustrated by David Small!

This Very Tree: A Talk with Sean Rubin About the Survivor Tree in NYC

Three books about the survivor tree of NYC are out in 2021. I discuss with Sean Rubin how his book, This Very Tree, relates to the nature of trauma and trauma recovery.

Prickly Pussycat Predicaments: A Talk with Waffles and Pancakes Creator Drew Brockington

Cats in space? Comics for kids younger than 9? Felines named after breakfast foods? It’s time to interview Drew Brockington about his latest series and all that it entails.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

“They get in the boat. They fall out of the boat. They drink tea. The end”. Kate is succinct about today’s book.

Review of the Day: The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book by Kate Milford

Ms. Milford’s skills have at last come together to produce her magnum opus. I’ll tell you true – there’s not a soul alive I’ve handed this book to that didn’t get sucked into it. Every book has its reader. It just happens that this book’s reader is you.

Petulant Poultry Alert: The Cranky Chicken Cover Reveal and Interview with Katherine Battersby

Katherine Battersby is the author of CRANKY CHICKEN, an early chapter book chock full o’ poultry, and she was kind enough to allow me to premiere her cover and talk to her about the whole kerschmozzle.

The Big Bath House Interview: For “body-loving parents, rebel reviewers and vanguard author-librarians”

“The overall feeling is just one of communal joy and familial tending, which feels particularly powerful and poignant in the wake of the past year of anti-Asian violence. We need more stories of Asian female joy.” Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang discuss their remarkable, upcoming The Big Bath House.

Bringing Unsung Heroes to Light: Talking about The People’s Painter with Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk

Today I talk shop about one of the latest, and most beautiful picture book biographies you would ever have the chance to see with its creators.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown

We all know that Arthur’s nose shrank significantly since his 1976 debut. We dive into the original book and then discuss all its strangeness and semi-psychedelic origins.

It’s Heeeeeere . . The Poultrygeist Trailer Premiere

Is it already the Halloween season? It is not, and yet here we are considering the latest Pete Oswald/Eric Geron picture book, Poultrygeist. And why not? Roadkill doesn’t take a holiday, after all.