Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood
Don’t worry. You know we’re going to do some Floyd Cooper next week. That’s the problem with recording things on Thursdays.
On today’s podcast I thought we might try another Audrey & Don Wood title above and beyond the already commented upon King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. It’s a cumulative tale that has continued to remain in print for the last 37 years. We discuss tiny ligers, whether the mouse in this book has Toxoplasma gondii, and the likelihood of a carbon monoxide leak in this particular house.
At the top of the show we mention an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s called Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes. If you’re in the Chicago area in late August, September, or October, buy your tickets now!
The book mentioned in the course of things is The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren by the Iona and Peter Opie. Sendak was a particular fan. You see, in the 1950s, the Opies collected schoolyard poems, riddles, and chants from some 5,000 children attending 70 schools in different parts of England, Scotland, and Wales. The end result is dark and fascinating. And look! It has a jazzy little cover (as of 2001):
So let me get this straight. The grandmother is sleeping in the bed while the kid is sleeping in … a chair? How does that even happen?
My own grandmother always wore stockings constantly, so I totally dig that the granny in this book is wearing them at all times. Even while napping.
While clearly blissful, this doesn’t look like it would be comfortable for the kid. And how is she bearing up on this? Where is the weight falling? On her ribs, by the look of it.
Trust Kate to figure out my greatest ghost-related fear: Shoes moving on their own. One minute they’re there and then . . . oh man!!
I don’t do any yoga myself, so you’re gonna have to help me out on this one. If you were to give a name to this cat’s position, what would you call it?
While I am certain that the image in this window is innocuous in origins, thanks to the ruminations of Kate I cannot see it as anything but an evil ghost face. Like one of those projections Kate puts in her window every Halloween.
I pray, I PRAY, that someday I will be cool enough to deserve an author photo as good as this one from 1984. It’s like she’s doing a Dynasty/Jackie Collins redux thing here (you KNOW she spent a lot of time deciding which shoes to pair with that outfit) while he’s wearing, what my husband likes to call, “puppeteer chic”.
Kate Recommends: Defunctland on YouTube
Betsy Recommends: Made for Love on HBO Max.
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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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