Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats
Hat tip to Nick Bruel (our other other brother from another nother mother) for today’s suggestion. He asked if we’d done any Ezra Jack Keats before and we said, “Sure! We did The Snow Day“. Then he asked if we’d done Apt. 3 and we had NOT! Plus, I recently highlighted on my blog the new Keats bio for adults, Becoming Ezra Jack Keats, so this seemed particularly apropos. In this episode we discuss how this book is like Only Murders in the Building, how, from a color-perspective, this book is quite muted compared to previous titles by Keats like Whistle for Willie, and why you should never follow someone when they ask, “What’s the matter – scared?”
Again, a great big thank you to our listener and fan, Lorena, for this copy of the Australian picture book, Satin by Sophie Masson, ill. Lorena Carrington. Thank you, Lorena!!
And here, I am so pleased to show you, is the original 1971 Kirkus review of Apt. 3. It is, as is often the case with this publication, delightful.
Kate got quite intrigued, specifically, by the choice of mixed-media newspaper featured in the trash can here.
Not long enough ago, Kate and I helped move a bedbug-ridden mattress from an old apartment building. So you can understand our instinctive shrinking away from the mattress in this hallway image.
This is so strange. The text says that wild “colors from outside had come into the room and were floating around,” but you get none of that from the images. It feels like a poor melding of text and image, yet what’s so strange is that the author and illustrator are one and the same. As Kate points out, it would have made sense for the colors to have been muted in this book only up to the end. That would have been the bolder choice.
Kate Recommends: Renfield
Betsy Recommends: Her upcoming talk on the podcast Open to Debate.
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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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