Follow This Blog: RSS feed
A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

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.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg

Defenestration abounds in our consideration of both the original 1979 and its 2014 update.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Stop That Ball! by Mike McClintock, ill. Fritz Siebel

Take a trip back in time with us to 1959 where Ball Boy and Stalker Sally go on a series of misadventures as his ball attempts to destroy itself in a myriad number of ways.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Keeping our Into the Woods quotes to a bare minimum we look at Paul O. Zelinsky’s first major award winner.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, ill. E.B. Lewis

Kate and I kvell at the wonder that is E.B. Lewis, discuss realism in picture book literature, and establish that yes, this book was indeed created in the 90s.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, ill. Judy Love

With its M. Night Shyamalan-esque twist and fondness for slips and magenta clogs, this first day of school title proves to be an excellent peek into the state of picture books circa 2000.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: I’ll Fix Anthony by Judith Viorst, ill. Arnold Lobel

Could you publish a book today, originally, where a sibling relationship is anything other than sunshine and roses by its end? Kate and I consider the recently re-published I’ll Fix Anthony.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, ill. Sheldon Cohen, translated by Sheila Fischman

We dive deep into Canada’s most beloved picture book. In other words, an extended allegory of the relationship and tensions that exist between francophones and anglophones. Fun!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes, ill. Floyd Cooper

With the recent death of Floyd Cooper, we consider the “classic” status of one of his best. Added Bonus: Nikki Grimes!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood

We try another Audrey & Don Wood title above and beyond King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. It’s a cumulative tale that has continued to remain in print for the last 37 years.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Having already covered the recently departed legend Eric Carle, we figure it only makes sense (and is fair) to mention the other recently departed legend, Lois Ehlert with this delicious entry.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, ill. John Schoenherr

Cool off from these hot summer days with this cool nighttime excursion. Kate and I make weird owl noises and debate why we don’t eat them for food (amongst other things).