Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Sometimes my sister scares me.
When Kate challenged me to find a classic Thanksgiving book, she made the mistake of saying off-handedly, “Oh, it could just be about food too.” Ah HAH! Food, eh? Well, we’d already done Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, so that could leave only one other famous food-related piece of children’s literary history. That’s right. Time to down some Green Eggs and Ham.
I anticipated our discussion of whether or not this book is more of a St. Patrick’s Day title. What I did not think of was whether or not this book would tap into Kate’s bottomless knowledge of sales. It does, she shares her opinion, and I get scared. And really, isn’t being scared by your relatives exactly what Thanksgiving is all about anyway? Happy listening!
How, uh, how’s that alphabet newspaper you’re reading there, Guy?
There’s some junk in that trunk. So sayeth Kate (without using those exact words).
Personally, I love the idea that Sam is mistaking Guy as a thrill seeker, which is why he ups the ante with each suggestion.
I give Seuss credit for really making these foods look as unappetizing as they do.
This book showed up at #12 on the Top 100 Picture Books Poll. There are some very funny links in there that you might find worth checking out.
I wasn’t wrong. Here is the bizarre description of this book in the NYPL catalog.
Do you harbor any curiosity at all about the Netflix show? Here’s a trailer to clarify matters. It’s . . . uh . . . it’s something all right. I guess Kate was right about the two being strangers at the start:
And I found the video of the Rev. Jesse Jackson reading snatches of the book on Saturday Night Live. Darndest thing:
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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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