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

RunawayBunnyWhat 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 aspects to it, Bunny Protective Services (the BPS), and a furthering of Kate’s ghost grandma theory (which I kind of love but don’t tell her).  Extra Bonus: You get to hear my cute little bunny voice, which I only get to whip out once in a while.

Listen to the whole show here on Soundcloud or download it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your preferred method of podcast selection.

Show Notes:

Here’s the blog post where we celebrating MWB’s tea on the steps of NYPL. You can read Monica Edinger’s telling of the event here, and Brenda Bowen’s own telling here.

She rocks that hat. Like I said, matches her eyes.


Sorry, Kate. The Bunny Bird has already been done as a tattoo before:


Seriously. How does Kate find all those clowns?!?


The origin story of Ghost Grandma in Goodnight Moon brought to life:


“HAVE A CARROT!” Capital letters entirely mine. Most phoned in ending ever.

Were the eyes ever red on the original book jacket? You be the judge:


My World is considered the third book in the “Goodnight Moon trilogy”. Oh shoot. Is that the grandma again?!?


Because we just can’t not mention it . . . . Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex, ladies and gentlemen!!!

Runaway Mummy

I failed to mention it in the podcast, but there’s a Runaway Bunny statue in Wilcox Park, Westerly, Rhode Island. Cool, right?


About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Actually, folks looking for the RUNAWAY BUNNY sculpture had best head toward Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island. Boston does have a good number of fabulous book-themed sculptures though. QUACK! 😉

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Whoops! I now have images of sending a slew of folks off packing to a fictional park. Updating! And thank you!

  2. There is, indeed a Children’s Books Made Horrific for The Runaway Bunny (via the Wayback Machine, since The Toast’s archives are now unavailable):

    It’s striking how little Daniel Ortberg had to change.