Fuse 8 n’ Kate: I Stink! by Kate & Jim McMullan
We continue to dive into the many publications of 2002, so as to determine if the more popular titles of that time have been able to survive two decades. Today’s book is a McMullan joint that is still inspiring sequels to this day. We talk typography, readalouds, and more. In the course of things we figure out which of the elements in the trash listed here should be composted and engage in a VERY long discussion of what a yam would look like if it had been hanging around for a year. You know. Important stuff.
The best interview I was able to find with Kate and Jim McMullan turned out to be this one with none other than Hamptons.com.
Here’s the shot of the garbage truck with the impaled babydoll heads from Cloudy With the Chance of Meatballs that we refer to in this episode:
I reference it briefly, but I would HIGHLY recommend the very adult graphic novel Trashed by Derf Backderf which does a deep dive into garbage workers.
Kate says this is the trash truck’s expression that looks like The Brave Little Toaster‘s father.
Probably not nice of me to put Weston Woods videos here, but like I say, I really enjoyed this one:
It’s like I always say: I coulda been the best children’s librarian in the world if ONLY I’d known how to burp on cue.
Proof positive that this book is set in NYC. And I love the fact that this all takes place at night. In NYC they have to have the trash picked up at night because that’s the only time when the traffic isn’t bad yet.
This is the sole human depicted in this book. The aforementioned video took some liberties with the presence of people. I like this lone silhouette better.
Other good books to pair with this one? Well, considering the fact that he dumps everything onto a garbage barge at the end, these titles are natural pairings:
Betsy Recommends: Being on the committee that selects the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature!
Kate Recommends: Preparations for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
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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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