Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
I think this is the clearest case of my pulling out a book for Kate that is well-known amongst children’s librarians and is pretty obscure when you talk to your average layperson on the street. If for no other reason, you should listen to this episode of our podcast to hear Kate’s exclamation of pure confusion and tiny squeaks of bafflement when I mention how well it did on the Top 100 Picture Books Poll (it was #14). So sit back and enjoy as we discuss the logistics of how exactly one would get a blue cap off of this guy, where his fingers suddenly emerge from, how exactly you pronounce, “Tsz, tsz, tsz,” and why anyone, anywhere would put on a hat previously worn by a monkey.
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– Show comparison time! Who wore it better? Him:
My sole regret (no pun intended) is that the bottoms of my shoes are red like his are.
– So let’s break this down for you. First off, the man has no digits:
– Next, the sudden appearance of thumbs:
– And then finally, appearing at the moment he needs them most, the fingers!
– Next up, sad monkey vs. cheeky monkey:
– Gentle listeners and readers, I really do want to know. How do you pronounce, “Tsz, tsz, tsz”?
– A monkey feeling a bit sad for the peddler at this point. The fun has by now run its course.
– And voila. Gomez Addams.
– Since this book was influenced by the work of Henri Rousseau, why not check out this picture book biography of him, The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau? Cover comparison time!
– As promised, here is the link to Why Mathematicians are Hoarding This Special Type of Japanese Chalk.
– Kate’s three recommended board games are Concept:
– And Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.
– I wasn’t lying. Here’s one of the Mycroft Holmes books by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
– And last but by far not least, a new podcast! The Newbery Tart podcast has much to recommend it, not least of which is a list of living Newbery Authors. If you, like myself, enjoy podcasts that take deep dives into subjects pertaining to children’s literature, this is a can’t miss listen.
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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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