Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor, ill. Peter Parnall
I know I say this all the time but I did NOT see Kate’s reaction to today’s book coming. You’d think that a book so embraced by hippies and Quakers would be an easy read. Not so much! Today our discussion centers around whether this book is more like Eloise or Last Stop on Market Street (and not in a good way). We also come to the conclusion that this may, in fact, be both the most capitalistic and least capitalistic book of all time. Special Bonus: We quote what may be the cruelest Kirkus review we’ve read aloud on any of our podcast episodes.
Our question for you today: Why is the text in columns? It’s not free verse but it’s written in that style.
Kate suffers from a bit of pumpkin envy, and who can blame her?
I love the fact that a mere 8 minutes after giving birth, our heroine’s mom was up and lifting her kid to the sky. Dad couldn’t do that on his own? I can personally attest that 8 minutes after I gave birth the last thing I wanted to do was take a stroll in the pre-dawn light.
Kate, for all that she’s annoyed by the main character of this book, has not one but TWO chosen tattoos from this book! Behold!
Kate Recommends: Twisted Metal on Peacock
Betsy Recommends: Forces of Nature by Ed Steed
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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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