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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.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans

On today’s podcast spend an inordinate amount of time saying “Lord Cucuface”, discuss “the happiness of a father of a husband”, and tackle why the ending of this book bugs me in the same way that the ending of the movie of The Wizard of Oz does.

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

“Well, THAT didn’t end how I thought it would!” I save the spookiest book for last this month, and I think I knocked it out of the park. What better than to end the month on a book that involves honest-to-goodness MURDER?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

Every year I have to come up with spooky classic picture books, and today’s was a recommendation from one of our fans (that would be our mom). It’s less spooky than it is autumnal, but that’s okay.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Special Guest Christian McKay Heidicker and The Spooky Old Tree by the Berenstains

When I heard that Newbery Honor winner Christian McKay Heidicker considered Spooky Old Tree a seminal text, I not only knew what our next book was going to be, I knew exactly who should be our next guest!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg

It’s October so that means spooky season has officially begun! I introduce Kate to one of my favorite eerie classics. It’s pure unfiltered Steven Kellogg. Let’s see what she makes of him.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach (with Special Guest Erica S. Perl)

“Some days you’re the girl in the soup and some days you’re the chicken under the chair.” Special guest Erica S. Perl joins us this Yom Kippur to discuss what should be considered the official picture book of 2020.