Fuse #8

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hot Men of Children's Literature: Part 21 In a Series

Yesterday, you may have noticed the notable absence of a Fuse #8 staple. There was no mention of this week's Hot Man. I apologize. On Saturday I went to a Coney Island baseball game and watched a publicity-happy couple marry afterwards on the field. On Sunday I ended up in a particularly Italian part of Hoboken across the street from where Frank Sinatra was born on the day the Italians won the World Cup. On Monday I went straight from work to Bryant Park to watch an outdoors showing of Bullitt (1968). On Tuesday I went straight from work to the Film Forum to watch a double feature of two Billy Wilder films Ninotchka and Midnight. Today I am exhausted but ready to pronounce my pick. This nominee comes straight from the publisher Dial. I was informed to merely Google the name "Ard Hoyt". I did and was an instant convert. The illustrator of such books as One Dog Canoe and I'm a Manatee, Mr. Hoyt . . . um . . . okay, honestly? I know nothing about the guy. Apparently he loves dogs as shown here:

Ard Hoyt

Other than that, I've not much in the way of info on him. But man oh man. This is the kind of feller that makes this series all the more worthwhile. Give it up for the Hoyt-man.


At 2:10 PM , Anonymous Rosina Lippi said...

My daughter was at that game on Coney Island, along with a whole slew of boisterous Italian cousins. They got a big kick out of that wedding.

At 2:37 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

It was fabulous, trust me. They enticed us with free cake (which, technically, was free chocolate chip muffins, but we didn't object). The odd part came when a friend pointed out that the groom was from that reality show Paradise Hotel. Odd because he was with a different girl on the show. Odder still because my friend had actually WATCHED the show enough to recognize him.

At 3:13 PM , Anonymous AMP said...

I was in Hoboken Sunday night and the horn-honking from the Italy fans was LOUD! We could hear it even from the back tables of the restaurant.

I wanted to try to come by the library while we were in NYC on Monday but it didn't happen. I'm not sure how they interpreted this: "Kids, do you want to go to introduce ourselves to a librarian who has a really great blog?" as this: "Kids, do you want to stalk this poor woman whom I've never actually met?" but they did, and the embarrassment factor was just too keen.


However, I did make my kids pay extra attention to the part where Donnell is mentioned in the audiotape of FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER which we listened to on our way home to Virginia.

At 5:31 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

You should have stopped by. Greg K. from Gotta Book did just this past Monday. Honestly, I like the attention. Perhaps you could have plied them with the lure of Teen Central, Winnie-the-Pooh or Gumby.

My library is mentioned in "From the Mixed Up Files"? Really? Shoot. Now I've gotta flip through my copy again.

At 11:10 PM , Anonymous amp said...

Next time, for certain!

At 12:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the subject of Mr. Hoyt:


At 11:16 PM , Blogger The Buried Editor said...


If only I weren't engaged. I've been visiting your site off and on for a while now (I enjoyed ALA through you - sounded better than TLA), but I have somehow managed to miss the Hot Guys until now. I don't know where I've been.

If only I weren't engaged to my own hot guy . . .

And thanks for the mention! I just got myself all a fluttered when I found it! (Well, so much for a southern drawl.) But I really did clap my hands in glee. I'll have to post it on my myspace blog. :)

At 5:07 PM , Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Thought of you when I saw this post on the Read Alert blog. Note the photo. Just a humble suggestion...

At 1:11 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Yeah. His name has come up in the past. Unfortunately I found "Stormbreaker" incredibly racist, so he's been disqualified. Sorry, guys. I mean, seriously. An Egyptian boy is raised by white British parents and then is bent on destroying all the children in England? Can you get anymore "us" and "them" than that?

Sorry sorry. I'm ranting. But he just makes me so MAD! I don't think the movie's gonna improve my disposition any either (partly cause the trailer just looked so damn cool... Alicia Silverstone notwithstanding).

At 6:12 PM , Anonymous lskeers said...

Oh my gosh! That's my illustrator! I was googling him to see if he had his website back up yet when I found your blog. Not only is he a hottie, he's super nice! He illustrated my picture book THE IMPOSSIBLE PATRIOTISM PROJECT which comes out June '07 by DIAL. Instead of "illustrator" my husband calls him my "drawer guy" so I nicknamed him Drawer McDreamy. Or Hottie Mc Drawer... or several other variations. I've talked to him on the phone and he was extremely sweet. He's also happily married and has 4 daughters. And his dog's name is Lickerish... But I digress. Glad to see others think he's hot!

At 10:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Ard, you sure have captivated these young ladies minds with your dimples and great smile. Keep it up H.W.

Love ya bro,


At 11:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's my boy!! He's always been a cutie!! Mommy Hoyt

At 2:28 PM , Blogger MS said...

I heard Ard speak at a literature festival and he is a great storyteller--very funny. Laughed till my sides ached. I also met his beautiful wife and darling daughters along with his hottie mom and charming father. Looks seems to be the theme in their family.
By the way that picture isn't that good of him--he is much better in person! If you get the chance go hear him speak it is so worth it.


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