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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

True Fact: The longest book written in the English language is the easy book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.

Other True Fact: That first fact is untrue, but it’s certainly what Kate believed in her heart when she finished reading that book during our last recording. While many people remember all too well the title of today’s book, its plot (such as it is) remains, for many, a mystery. My sister certainly didn’t know what to expect and, to be fair, how could she have? Can anyone truly predict Clark or the Ying or Ned? Sweet sweet Ned?

I think not.

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Show Notes:

I never would have said that Kate was a Glad Fish, but by gum there IS a bit of a similarity there, don’t you think?

I think it was very interesting when Kate helped me to realize that these two kids are the spiritual opposites of Sally and her brother in Cat in the Hat. Unlike those two, these kids EMBRACE the weirdness of their world.

Why is this fellow at the bottom Kate’s chosen tattoo? Because he’s just a widdle little guy with an asterisk for a tail.

“This is me during quarantine.” I hear that.

I called these “l’il devil eyeballs” thanks to the shape of his pupils.

So at one point I mention that this guy …

… was once parodied when I made a post challenging artists to Re-Seussify Seuss. Which is to say, re-illustrate a Dr. Seuss work in the style of another illustrator. And Nathan Hale (of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) decided to take on “yellow teeth guy” (as Kate calls him) in the style of Stephen Gammell. You know. The fellow who illustrated Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The result is beautiful:

Here is a video of famous novelists Kevin O’Leary, Ami McKay, and Erin Morgenstern reading this book:

And finally, here is the article I was told about in this episode (in reference to Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith): Created during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, Jingle Dresses are once again offering inspiration, healing.

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. I’ve always thought of it as a poetry collection rather than a storybook. And I do have a lot memorized that I find myself spouting into at the slightest provocation.