Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Just for You & I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
NOT our first Mercer Mayer! Previously we did his book There’s a Nightmare in My Closet but it’s hardly the man’s most famous book/series. Meet Little Critter! At last, he makes his debut on our podcast! The two books we’re discussing today originally came out in 1975 and 1983 and then went on to spawn the series we know so well. So once again we have to ask: How come they’re moderately well known but not household name known?
Interested in how we made these podcasts, by the way? Well, I would like to note that our podcast will be recording at 2:30 CST on Saturday, June 24th in the School Library Journal booth on the ALA Conference floor. If you’d like to hear us do a show, stop by and see us!
I wasn’t able to find many interviews with Mercer Mayer about the creation of Little Critter, but I was able to find some gold in this piece with Hazlitt.net.
Both of us were very frightened by this shushing action on the part of the mom. What precisely is she afraid of here?
There is so much going on in this particular image that we are absolutely stumped. I mean, we get that “FSA” stands for “Frog Scouts of America” but what precisely is a 21 cent “little box of goodies”? Sounds ominous.
20 points for mom’s vest!
As I object to picture books where the knitting needles are pointed the wrong way, so too does Kate object to books where the underside of a kid’s bed is spotless. J’accuse!
Mom looks . . . um . . . I hesitate to say “evil” but we’re all thinking it, right? And something about the way she’s gripping the door handle and holding that particular book does NOT bode well.
I ADORE the 1975 performer on the television. Like the Critterfied version of Janis Joplin or something.
“Old Wheez”. Brilliant. More of this ilk, please.
On the one hand, he’s painting the house. But can we appreciate for a moment the fact that he clearly took the time to not only get the paints and fill a bottle with water, but also then find a friggin’ red beret. THAT took some intention!
Sorry, but I adore this facial expression paired with his mom’s. This expression screams, “This was not the plan.”
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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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