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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

“I have a big red dog. Accept the reality in which I live.” You’ve gotta hand it to Kate. Thanks to her we find far more to talk about concerning Clifford than I ever thought possible. From Emily Elizabeth’s fashion sense to why you wouldn’t want to camp under his jowls to the logistics of pouring hot tea on your dog’s tongue, this book is rife with possibilities.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2020 Caldecott Contenders

If you get your kicks out of Kate and I disagreeing about books, today’s episode may not be for you. Each year I present Kate with 2-3 Caldecott contenders. Which is to say, we discuss books that may or may not win the Caldecott Award (which will be handed out a week from today on […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemsha, and Dan Yaccarino

How old are we all that Trashy Town is 21? Is it just me or does that seem like a very large number? Continuing to attempt to find storytime classics that librarians love, I had Kate take a look at this readaloud classic.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Kate and I had just finished recording our episode on Knuffle Bunny Too. Mind you, Kate has never been the biggest Mo Willems fan out there. She wasn’t particularly enamored of Knuffle Bunny the first. How would the second fare?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Nativity by Julie Vivas

Today’s book is sort of a favor to our mom. She’s always been very fond of this particular telling of The Nativity, and it remains a favorite to this day.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Small Miracle by Peter Collington

Ah! At last! The chance to combine three of my favorite types of books on this podcast: Holiday Books, Wordless Books, and Cult Classics. What can I say? I like a book that leans into its weirdness.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Unfortunately by Remy Charlip

Fortunately, I got Kate to read my favorite Remy Charlip book. Unfortunately, she had a take on it that I was not expecting. Take a deep dive into a book that defies logic repeatedly.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, ill. Maurice Sendak

Before I discussed this book with Kate I actually Googled, “A Kiss for Little Bear weird” and found nothing. As such, let THIS be the first online article or posting to declare this book to be downright peculiar.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

When Kate challenged me to find a classic Thanksgiving book, she made the mistake of saying off-handedly, “Oh, it could just be about food too.” Ah HAH! Food, eh? Well, we’d already done Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, so that could leave only one other famous food-related piece of children’s literary history. That’s right. Time to down some Green Eggs and Ham.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Guess the Book!

“50% of this book is just depressed donkeys.” Time to play a new game where you can guess what classic picture book Kate and I are discussing. What’s your guess?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

We’d not done a Pinkwater book before, and this is a heckuva way to begin. It’s a glorious celebration of disappointing the homeowner’s associations of the world. It also apparently has to do with Nickelodeon, how to keep a pet alligator, and magical mystery lemonade.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak

There is NO doubt that today’s book is loved deeply by Kindergarten teachers, but would you call it a picture book classic worthy of keeping on shelves for decades to come? I really didn’t know how Kate would react to this one when I handed it to her. Would she be charmed? Be appalled? As ever, Kate surprises me. She’s good at that.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz

Halloween is almost upon us! And like every year, Kate is always challenging me to come up with some classic scares. This year, we’ve seen Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adapted to the silver screen. Seems only natural to then pull out what I would consider to be Schwartz’s other scary classic for kids. What I had not counted on was that in 2017 Harper Collins re-illustrated the series. What to do? Well… why not do both versions?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Swallow and the Tom Cat by Jorge Amado with Special Guest Roger Mello!

It was our esteemed delight and pleasure to host international superstar, picture book creator, Hans Christian Andersen Award winner, Roger Mello in this, the latest episode of our podcast. We asked Roger what Brazilian classic Kate should read and he selected a book that not only got translated here (in 1982) but one where a copy was still available in my library’s consortium. Whew!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein

In memory of the great Mr. Gerstein we decided to do his best-known, most classicy classic title. Of course, by doing this title, it means that for the first time, in all of our history, we are doing a nonfiction picture book. Not a bad way to start out, eh? Have no fear, we’ll be getting to the spooky Halloween fare soon enough, but first I wanted to pay an homage to one of children’s literature’s greats.