Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Weslandia by Paul Fleischman, ill. Kevin Hawkes, with Guest Host Jerrold Connors!
While some of you may be aware that Kate and I recorded an episode of Fuse 8 n’ Kate at the recent Annual ALA Conference, due to the fact that she is on a plane to the Philippines as I type this hampers her podcast editing abilities oh so slightly. Fortunately we had the honor of recording a guest post earlier in the week with none than the irascible, charming Jerrold Connors! Jerrold is the creator of the massively creative Donut Project which contains hilarity and collage-created donuts (you can preorder a copy here, if you like). Jerrold is also the creator of what I would call the most interesting picture book biography of James Marshall I’ve ever seen. But, of course, Jerrold is a longstanding fan of our podcast, so he knew pretty well what kind of recommend. What ensues is an in-depth discussion of elements of a title that have, and notably have not, aged well.
Kate noted the interesting objects on Wesley’s bed. Because what kid could resist the occasional iguana?
The bullies in this book are just strange. How the heck did the kid in this book piss off an entire gang?
Meet “Quidditch on Stilts”. Though, as we note, this book really did come out before Harry Potter.
And yes, at the end of this book, Wesley creates his very own cult.
Kate Recommends: Transfigure Print Company
Betsy Recommends: @brightybuoy on Instagram
Jerrold Recommends: The Neo-Futurist Theater production “The Infinite Wrench“
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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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