Fuse #8

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Hot Men of Children's Literature: Part 25 In a Series

I've had the few, the proud, the too often mortified Hot Men of Children's Literature nominated by publishers, fans, friends, you name it. This week, however, ye olde Fuse #8 reached a milestone when we received a nomination from a previous Hot Man of Children's Literature. Actually, the word "nomination" is a bit of a stretch. In the words of the nominator, "I have not, however anonymously, recommended Mr. [...] as a 'hot' man. I am hoping for provisonal probation. I want Mr. [...] to suffer". Which is to say, the nominator would prefer the following:
For the period of, say, six months, [...] would be a provisional, probationary ‘hot’ man. During this term he would be obligated to return to you a monthly proof of ‘heat’ in the form of images of him reading his humorous tomes to a group of adorable kittens or something of that nature. Should Mr. [...] live up to his obligations of heat, he may take my, anonymous, slot.
The temptation to follow through on such a suggestion is immense. Men could compete to become Hot Men of Children's Literature. The mind boggles. Then the mind remembers that it is A) Married and B) Way too busy to spend its spare hours sifting through pics of insipient Hot Men baking fudge brownies or what have you.

There were other factors on the side of this week's male as well. First, I have received no more and no less than five e-mails, two within the last 7 days, begging me to include him. None, for the record, were from him. And these might have begun to sway me a tad, but it wasn't until I Googled the fellow myself that I was sold. Holy mother of all things bright and beautiful, that man is HOT! God knows when the last time was that I had a fellow on here that everyone (not the least my anonymous tipster) could agree upon.

Thus it is that I present to you at long long last, the man who basically comes off as not only talented but quite successful as of late, and a nice fellow to boot...

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

... or, if you don't mind ignoring the rubes surrounding him, he's the one dead center in the back...

If his name sounds familiar (rivaling only Jon Scieszka in terms of tongue twistiness), you may remember that it was his picture book Punk Farm that was acquired by Dreamworks earlier this year for future CGI goodness. All I care? His My Buddy, Slug was sent to me at my library yesterday and it's a hoot.

Do yourself a favor and check out his website. And he blogs too! Best of all, he has learned to harness the power of You Tube. Observe:

Page by Page: the making of a monkey boy


At 7:55 AM , Blogger Jennifer Armstrong said...

My God, that was friggin' adorable.

At 9:53 AM , Blogger alvinaling said...

hahaha--lemme guess, was it Mo who wanted him to "suffer"?

At 9:55 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Mo? Who is this "Mo" of which you speak? Do I know a "Mo"?

At 11:59 AM , Blogger Jarrett J. Krosoczka said...


(walks up to podium. takes trophy in hand.)
Wow. (wipes brow) What an honor. (applause subsides) I'd like to thank everyone who texted, emailed, and phoned in their votes. But I'd really like to thank Mo Willems most of all. Mo, thank you for believing in me and knowing that I, too, could one day be a Hot Man of Children's Literature. It is through Mo's pursuance that I am lucky enough to be included on such a fine, fine list. While Mo has been oh so humble as to want to remain anonymous in his "nomination", I can only hope to live up to his expectations by submitting a monthly photo of myself to the Fuse blog, so that I can maintain my status.

(holds up statue) Mo, this is for you, buddy!

(music kicks in. escorted off stage by models.)

At 1:23 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

The committee feels justified in their choice. By the way, I also adore the following comment made on your blog in describing this series:
"It's kind of like TRL or Tiger Beat, but for librarians, editors and authors". Brilliant. And, I must add, Best Acceptance Speech Ever. I'm just a little worried about the shape of the statuette you just won and, for that matter, who the models are. I think the statuette should be a gigantic golden fuse, and we'll just pretend that the models are the Blue Rose Girls.

At 4:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I guessed Mo, too! And I don't even know Mo.

(first time delurking here. Hi!!)

At 8:30 PM , Blogger Chad W. Beckerman said...

oh jarrett! Wait was there a swimsuit portion of the event? I sure hope not.

At 1:07 AM , Blogger Tarie Sabido said...

he IS hot!!!!!!!!!

At 5:01 PM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

A burning book would be a nice "hot" trophy, but I think you can do better. The key, Fuse, is to know that all the awards out in Hollywood have one thing in common: they are freaking heavy! So keep that in mind as you (or Jarrett) does the designing. Then, of course, hire a bevy of attorneys to protect the image, lest its incredible marketing power be corrupted.

At 10:12 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Thank you, Greg. It's good to hear from someone in the field itself. Fuses, by and large, are not very heavy. However, were the choice left up to me I would probably want to form the award in the shape of that hottest of all hot children's writers, Shel Silverstein. This view is not shared by all (to say the least). So I'd better leave it up to the pros in the field. Suggestions are welcome.

At 7:22 AM , Blogger Monica Edinger said...

Have you considered THIS hot man of literature?

At 12:19 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Not recently. Perhaps if he cares to pare down his Tales I'll give him a shot. I do love his blog, though. Nothing's sexier than a man willing to adapt to new technologies. Like, you know, cotton instead of linen.

At 3:37 PM , Blogger kelmurphy said...

Rubes! What's that all about?

Your pick is dead on. JJK... you so fine. :)

At 2:40 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

I seriously wondered if I'd get grief for the "rubes" line. Then I thought, nah. None of those people read my blog. *sigh* Just goes to show, eh? Sorry. I withdraw the "rubes" and substitute it for the far more complimentary "goons".

At 1:15 PM , Blogger Julie said...

It's hard out here for a children's book author/illustrator. Jarrett, may I suggest the Hustle and Flow soundtrack for your next movie?


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