Fuse #8 TV: Chris Grabenstein and Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books
Okay. For this month’s Fuse #8 TV I decided to premiere a new series.
Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books
Ladies and gentlemen, I like a good conspiracy theory. Nothing makes my heart go pitter pat faster than an opinion about a picture book that takes a right hand turn into Crazyville. Trouble is, there just aren’t enough out there. Sure, you can tell me that Horton Hears a Who is anti-abortion and Rainbow Fish is pro-Communist but sometimes it feels like I’ve heard them all. Time to shake things up a little!
Announcing a series where I make up crazed interpretations of classic picture books. This month: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley. We all know it. We love it. Now what’s the kookiest theory you can come up with for it? I say my own and it’s a doozy. I’m weirdly proud about it.
After that I interview the very fun, funny, and infinitely patient Chris Grabenstein. Chris has a new middle grade novel out this year called The Island of Dr. Libris. He entertains my questions and then pulls out this Jim Henson story that will seriously make your eyes water. I’m not even kidding about that.
Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for sponsoring this month’s episode!
About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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