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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

“They get in the boat. They fall out of the boat. They drink tea. The end”. Kate is succinct about today’s book.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown

We all know that Arthur’s nose shrank significantly since his 1976 debut. We dive into the original book and then discuss all its strangeness and semi-psychedelic origins.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Hope you like math and shiny things, because today’s book has both. We consider Demi and whether or not her book attains “classic” status.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

How about we consider a book with positive portrayals of Asian-American families on our podcast for a change? I snag Grace Lin’s first picture book and we talk soup, seeds, and greedy neighbors.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

It never won a single official children’s book award (not really) and yet it may well be the most famous Kevin Henkes book out there. Today we finally tackle it!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting / Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott

Kate asked for a St. Patrick’s Day classic, so I handed her TWO! Her preference? The one with physical violence and bodily harm. Can you blame her?

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

When we heard that the Dr. Seuss estate was pulling six relatively obscure Seuss titles from publication due to offensive content, we thought we might try one on for size. So here’s the first book Seuss ever made for kids.

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.