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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2022 Caldecott Contenders

Every year I present Kate with three Caldecott contenders. Will our streak of picking winners continue, or will we be defeated in 2022? Find out!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Let’s Get a Pup, Said Kate by Bob Graham

We discuss inappropriate bidet designs, the first appearance of birth control pills in a picture book, faux Birks, and more from Australia’s native son.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, ill. Lynn Munsinger

“If your book makes fun of a speech impediment, maybe don’t write that book.” Many is the school that has used Hooway for Wodney Wat as an anti-bullying text. We show just how twisted that logic really is.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, ill. Maurice Sendak

“The Secret Garden meets Donnie Darko”. A human-sized, walking on his legs Bunnyman accompanies a young girl and things get weird. We consider one of Sendak’s lesser known titles.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May, ill. Denver Gillen

It’s a Christmas miracle! We’re talking Rudolph, written by Evanston native Robert L. May. And . . . it rhymes.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Joseph and the amazingly not technical overcoat is here! We may have missed Hanukkah but we can at least right a great wrong by featuring this Simms Taback beauty.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, ill. Barbara Cooney

If you’d like to hear two daughters ribbing their mom, this is the podcast episode for YOU! Our mother joins us today to discuss Donald Hall’s Caldecott winner.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney

Peak Pinkney! After his recent death, I wanted to do a book with Kate that paid homage to Jerry Pinkney. What better than a look at his longstanding love of fairy tales?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George Takes a Job by H.A. and Margret Rey

More questions are raised than answered in this latest episode of Fuse 8 n’ Kate and that’s okay. We return to the world of Curious George with all its peculiarities.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Bill and Pete by Tomie dePaola

“Best friends slash he’s an appliance.” Today author Ian Lendler joins us for a discussion of one of Tomie dePaola’s lesser known titles. If you like juicy butts and David Lynch-esque dream sequences, you are in luck!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Witch Next Door by Norman Bridwell

Alas for Kate, we are doing a THIRD witch and broom-related picture book in a row. I’m in a witch rut! I can only do witches!!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

“If this really is the ghost of the broom, I hope it hacks the men to pieces!” We’re discussing another Chris Van Allsburg Halloween title and this one has a real creep factor AND heart as well.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, ill. Axel Scheffler

This week’s choice of book for the Halloween season has appeared year after year on the Bestseller Lists here in America. Never read it? Never fear!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate #200!: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss

For our 200th episode we consider the controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss and his most famous cat.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Blast Off by Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum, ill. Leo and Diane Dillon

We consider this “Seamless amalgam” of the hands of Leo and Diane Dillon and the timeliness of this recent reprint.