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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

It’s Eric Carle’s first illustrated picture book! We view it through the lens of post-McCarthyism and Kate discusses what’s really going on with the Black Sheep.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

I think a book that takes place in the steaming hot days of a NYC summer is precisely what we need in dreary February. Bonus: I finally gave Kate a story that makes sense, has color, and doesn’t contain 500 words per page.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Marzipan Pig by Russell Hoban, ill. Quentin Blake

This week I attempt to break Kate’s brain with a sweet little fever dream of a book. If you like your children’s literature weird, have I gotta book for you!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

“Duels, clowns and butts!” Everything, in fact, a person might want in a picture book. With the death of Mitsumasa Anno in December, we honor his legacy with a consideration of this first and best known work.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

I think a lot of us are feeling like Sophie these days. It’s funny how you can not think directly about a book for a long time and then see it and suddenly have wild opinions about it. But are my opinions pro or con? Are Kate’s?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Suzuki Beane by Sandra Scoppettone, ill. Louise Fitzhugh

On this most auspicious day in which the Newbery and Caldecott winners are announced (amongst many other fine and wonderful awards), I thought it might be a nice change of pace to do a cult classic.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, ill. Anita Jeram

There is a certain type of picture book that can be best described as a Love It or Loathe It title. Today we tackle one of those very books.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2021 Caldecott Contenders

We discuss potential Caldecott winners on the podcast. I love all three of these books down to the cold cockles of my shriveled little heart. I seriously believe that each one of these books has a very good chance at some kind of Caldecott love in 2021.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Today Kate and I talk invasive species, seed bombing, how nice it is to read a book that doesn’t call a single woman a spinster, and why it is that Maine loves its children’s book creators more than any other state.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell and Lillian Hoban

We have found it. The Christmas picture book that perfectly encapsulates what we’re feeling in 2020.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin, ill. Robin Spowart

With the imminent republication of this book on the horizon, Kate and I take a gander at the original publication to see how it has stood the test of time.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss

An orange fellow is told to leave over and over and over again. So it clearly has nothing to do with the state of the world today. If you’ve never listened to one of our podcasts before, I might recommend this as a place to start.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

Kate requested a Thanksgiving picture book classic. In the course of things, Kate creates a shocking backstory worthy of V.C. Andrews while I deep dive into Agatha Christie territory and start speculating about how the incipient murder would take place.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Freight Train by Donald Crews

In this episode, listen as I crow over the importance of books where you can bounce a small child on your knee while making “chugga-chugga” noises while Kate imitates the call of the zebra.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Animalia by Graeme Base

Kate requested a book that was about “cute cats and slugs”. And for the first time ever, that is a request I could accommodate. The end result is a deep dive into an Australian import classic.