Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
The other day a documentary film crew came to my library. They were creating a movie on American picture books through the decades and, at one point, they needed some b-roll of some of the better known picture books out there. So we hit the usual titles like Harold and the Purple Crayon and Millions of Cats. We worked in some Perez Y Martina and Stevie. And then they asked if we could do Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. That got me to thinking that, crazy as it sounds, Kate and I have never done that one. Intrigued, I looked at it again and realized that it shares a great number of similarities to fellow cut-paper picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Will this book get the same level of love from us? Has it aged well in the intervening 30 years since it was first published?
Honestly, I think that this book has a lot to say about our current internet age and fake news. The whole story is about what happens when you trust only your own thoughts and instincts and aren’t interested in hearing and understanding other people’s observations and knowledge. Also, do your own research.
The pants mentioned during the show. Shoulda matched the Nutella-i-fied pants on the other leg.
Here is Ed Young’s very good website. Check out the full run of his books, particularly the oldest ones.
Pure white eyes are a touch otherworldly for a mouse, don’t you think?
So if your brother goes out and says that he’s just seen a snake . . . well, would YOU immediately run, potentially, into the jaws of death? I think Kate may be right. Yellow mouse is dumb as all get out.
I am reminded of a pertinent quote when we talk about the white mouse, from the great Sally Claire: “If someone says it’s raining, and another person says it’s dry, it’s not your job to quote them both. Your job is to look out the f****** window and find out which is true.” Do your own research. Here’s the actual moral in the book, though:
Not the first mouse book Ed Young ever did. Here’s the first one he ever did. Check out that pub year. 1962 and the man is still producing!
Here’s the #BookfaceFriday that the Rabbit Hole in Kansas City came up with, using our last book!
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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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