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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora

I’ve always been a big fan of this book, but as we have learned time and time again, just because I like something, that is NO indication that Kate will as well.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

“Candyland is more complex than this game looks.” Continuity errors? Devil chimpanzees? John Cleese cameos? Kate and I discuss the book that spurred on all those movie franchises.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

“I’m giving myself extra points for doing this springy book in spring . . . which I did not realize until this moment. Patting on the backy of me!” Prior to today’s episode the only Jerry Pinkney title we’d done on our podcast was Sam and the Tigers (as part of our Little Black Sambo […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor

Because it was my birthday I got to choose a book that was my favorite when I was growing up. The end result is that I spend a great deal of time trying to explain some of the oddities by saying, “It’s New England!” Like it helps or something. The best way to put it is that this book is 70s/1870s.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Seems to me that bats are shouldering a great deal of the blame for our current COVID-19 crisis. Considering the fact that their P.R. wasn’t all that great to begin with (Batman aside), I decided we would combat this problem with the most famous bat-related picture book in America.

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

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?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Oliver Button Is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola

In honor of Tomie dePaola, who left us last week, I wanted to do one of his possible classics. We had already done Strega Nona on the show, but one other book might qualify for “classic” status. Kate and I tackle a book with a tricky title.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, ill. Laura Cornell

For WEEKS Kate has been bugging me to find her a celebrity picture book. When I finally did, she found it deeply degrading to women. Why? As you’ll see, today’s book hasn’t aged particularly well.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, Jose Aruego, and Ariane Dewey

In this episode you will find a multitude of plover adjacent ideas, thoughts about developmental issues and when it’s right to seek help vs. let things work out on their own, and why it’s weird Leo isn’t a lion. Like, not even a little bit.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury

Nothing! Kate gets introduced to Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury for the very first time. We take a deep dive into the bear’s motives here. Amongst other things.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert

It’s hard to be gloomy in the presence of this upbeat little number. Can you believe it’s our first Bill Martin Jr. book on the show? We discuss a glaring mistake in the art, why kids desire to have parties on the tops of trees, and more on this week’s episode of the podcast.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

I did not expect my conversation with Kate about this book to devolve into a very long and intense argument over whether or not Frosty the Snowman dies at the end of his song. I say he doesn’t, she say he does. It was like we were discussing the end of The Giver or something!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Generally speaking, when fishing for classics, Kate and I like to look at books that have been out for 20 years. And so, the minute that it became 2020, I ran over to my library’s children’s room and checked out today’s title. Now the question of the day with this podcast is whether, in light of the truly magnificent children’s books coming out from Native and Indigenous authors, Jingle Dancer still stands up.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Day the Babies Crawled Away With Special Guest Star Aaron Reynolds!!

A book that isn’t afraid to be a little weird is a book I can truly respect. Guest star Aaron Reynolds suggests this Peggy Rathmann classic, to the benefit of all.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

With the full and present knowledge that monkeys in children’s literature are problematic to the extreme, Kate and I tackle a book that involves a kind of animal that is professed to be a monkey but is, in fact, an ape, much like the problematic-in-his-own-way Curious George.