Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
Today, to make up for the missing episode last week, you get a twofer. You see, there’s a bit of a problem with old Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. Most people remember the title of the second book in the series, but are we to ignore Book #1? I gave Kate the chance to decide which one to do, so what did she decide? To do both, of course! In the course of things we discuss alligators vs. crocodiles, who exactly this “Salt Bae” person is, the interior decorating schemes of the early 60s, and (we can both agree) the fact that Hector P. Valenti is a serious jerkwad.
– I should have mentioned to Kate when we were debating the location, that this has to be NYC because you see ice skating at Rockefeller Center in Lyle, Lyle.
– I mean, right there, I ask you, who decorates a chandelier with eggs? What’s that? You think they’re light bulbs? I dunno. I kinda like my egg theory.
– Helloooooo, 1962 wallpaper and bright red door!
– Here are the two crocodile/alligator books I’ve read this year and have particularly enjoyed. Check them out folks!
The Truth About Crocodiles by Maxwell Eaton III
Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins, ill. Satoshi Kitamura
– Oh, Hector P. Valenti, star of stage and screen, whence the white cowboy hat?
– My favorite picture in the whole thing. I have this weakness for animals trapped in a living hell (see: my review of Let’s Have a Dog Party).
– “. . . teaching what appears to be the teenage boy basic math . . .” Though, I would like to say that there’s something about Lyle’s expression in this picture that amuses me greatly.
– Salt Bae a.k.a. Nusret Gökçe. Here’s a side by side comparison. Who salted it better?
– How big are a crocodile’s feet and could you fit a pair of ice skates on one? The mystery lives on.
– “Don’t you DARE get my pajama bottoms…”
– Okay, clever readers. You figured out the road flares in Harry the Dirty Dog. You determined the use of the open flame on the cover of Doctor DeSoto. What does it mean to “signal the alarm” when there is a fire?
– For Kate, this is the most terrifying image in the whole book.
– As I mentioned, there was a 1987 TV special for HBO. I never saw it, but you can see a low-quality view of one of the songs here:
– Compare it then to The Lifeline Theatre production. I think I know which song I like more:
– Hat tip to Ms. Yingling for identifying the bombs in Harry the Dirty Dog as road flares. Here is what they look like:
And how they were drawn:
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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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