Fuse 8 n’ Kate: No, David! by David Shannon
Kate set me up with a challenge. We’ve been deeming too many books as “classics”. What book could I produce that would engender more of a debate? Well, after all these episodes (82!) I think I’ve figured out Kate’s least loved genre. It involves childlike art. It involves kids who aren’t entirely saintly. Really, it was just a matter of time before we got to this one. We’ve not done a David Shannon book before (though I dream of someday doing Duck on a Bike, though it’s a bit too obscure). Ultimately we determine that the fault at work here is not that of David, but the inattentive parents.
Who wore it better? Frederick’s endpapers or David’s back cover?
What parent of a kid like this has a carpet that white? “That kid has worms coming off of him!”
Kate pointed out that the water in the bath was green. She somehow missed the floating mine behind him.
Happily, she has provided the “Partysaurus Rex” video. It is a delight.
Of all the things to notice, Kate was unnerved by the fact that David has round toes on one foot and triangular toes on the other.
“I’m sure he’s being annoying, but come on. He’s got on a Sgt. Pepper jacket, and that’s so cool.”
So Kate doesn’t like one thing in picture books. And I was just so so very good about not putting any clowns in any of her picture books. But this time? I missed this guy. “That’s a big ole clown.”
And the Etch a Sketch is from 1960, if that helps date the kid in the book.
Yes, Betsy. It was Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.
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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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