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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Tailypo by Joanna Galdone, ill. Paul Galdone

I’ve saved the scariest book this month for last! “I’m not saying that Spooky Old Tree doesn’t give you the jim-jams (because it doesn’t), but …” It’s our very first Paul Galdone too! Took us long enough to get to him. As Kate says of today’s book, “Well, THAT didn’t end how I thought it would!” We discuss how this book relates to the film Best in Show, why my Tailypo imitation is a little too Gollum-esque, and why this may be the first book we’ve ever done on the show that ends with murder.

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Show Notes:

“Pine nut. Macadamia nut. WHITE macadamia nut.” Best in Show strikes again.

Preferred Casting Choice for This Role Based Solely on Mustache: Sam Elliott

Sure, it’s gross that this guy just ATE A TAIL. But that buggy is going in that man’s mouth? That’s some next level stuff. Can’t deal with it.

This phrase really improves if you do it like Kate did in the voice of The Godfather.

I say the tailypo looks like a Muppet. Kate says it’s Pikachu’s evil twin. Gotta catch ’em all.

A whole slew of different variations abound at AppLit’s Annotated Index of Folktales. This is where you can find a large number of different names for this story. My favorite is Chunk o’ Meat.

If you heard Kate discussing “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover”, and you wanted to join in the fun then you can purchase tickets for the event here.

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. OMG! A wedding dress with POCKETS is the coolest thing ever!