Fuse 8 n’ Kate: O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
Oh, Danny Boy! St. Patrick’s Day is nigh and I’m feeling pretty smug about the fact that I actually reserved a St. Patty’s Day title (sorta) weeks in advance so that I’d have something to do with Kate. And voila! Justification! She loved it! It helps that it stars a “Kate” and my Kate recently tried (and failed) to dye her hair this color [Photo Not Found]. In any case, we delve a bit into Mr. Talbott’s influences but mostly have a high old time discussing cow side-eye, cats singing Danny Boy, and why this ending rules.
Fuzzy slippers. For the discerning witch.
This is a really interesting, almost cartoonish, departure in the art.
Alas, there are no “sassy suns” in this book. You know what we get instead? Cow side-eye. I’ll take it! Bossy here has no illusions about where this may all lead.
Sorry, Kate. This was the best I could find when you asked for cats singing Danny Boy:
And because I can’t help but include the best version of that song (as I do every year):
Is it just me or is that a teeny tiny crown on that baby? That is SOME kind of foreshadowing!
Frog Thoughts: I have no idea what I’m doing. What step comes next?
As I mention on the show, here is the original ending to Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies that you will NOT see in an American edition. Full credit to K-Fai Steele for even finding it in the first place:
Kate Recommends: The “What’s More Punk Than the Public Library” t-shirt, which you can find here.
Betsy Recommends: My videos! Here, take a gander at them. I spent all summer taking the footage and getting the interviews. I think they turned out pretty nicely:
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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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