Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
Spooky season continues here on the podcast. Interestingly I’ve never done a Chris Van Allsburg book with Kate for October before. Every year I have to come up with spooky classic picture books, and today’s was a recommendation from one of our fans (that would be our mom). It’s less spooky than it is autumnal, but that’s okay.
Here you may see Kate’s 12-foot-long, handmade spider. PVC pipes, pool noodles and bicycle lights for eyes. Did I ever mention to you that she likes Halloween a lot?
The 12-foot-tall skeleton that Home Depot was selling is not something Kate made up. May we all be worthy enough to own it someday.
If you would like to read Chris Van Allsburg’s Caldecott acceptance speech for Jumanji you can do so here.
Determined to avoid the obvious read of this book, Kate was convinced that this, way in the background, was a UFO.
The bird in the birdbath is saying “Hellloooo!” and the cats are saying, “Hello, Clarice.”
Kate made a very nice point that the very first full face that you see in book is this one (which is also the one featured on the cover).
Does he look the same in this next image though? Kate was a bit perturbed by the fact that this looks like an entirely different man just a page later:
Meet Kate’s nemesis: This pink wallpaper. The pattern isn’t consistent. Therefore Kate’s sense of order has been entirely upset.
There’s a name of this bird: Gossip Gladys. That’s some serious goosey side-eye she giving the stranger, right there.
Meanwhile, this leaf is a backwards picture of a very angry cat.
Here’s the New York Times review of this book Jack Frost’s Amnesia (no spoiler alert, NYT?), written by none other than friggin’ Anne Rice. Who commissioned her?
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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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