HUGE NEWS! I’m a reviewer on Katie Davis’s Podcast!

by | Sep 5, 2011 | Julie | 19 comments

HUGE HUGE HUGE news, World of Julie fans! I am now a children’s book reviewer on the awesome Katie Davis’s amazing podcast, Brain Burps About Books! I am so humbled and excited to be part of this!

I highly recommend listening to Brain Burps About Books if you have any interest at all in children’s books (reading them or writing them). She has fantastic interviews, and the book reviews are great, even before yours truly became a contributor (although of course now they’re exemplary). Plus, I can now tell you the inside scoop on famous author/illustrators like Katie Davis: while you might expect the author of such classics as Who Hops? and Kindergarten Rocks! to be all snobby and full of herself, it turns out she’s super nice and hilarious and if she lived closer I already would have run over to her house with coffee and apple pie so we could talk in person.

This week is my debut (I review A Pet for Petunia), you can check out what’s on the podcast by going to Katie’s blog, or you can click here to listen. And please do!


  1. Robyn

    Her name is Julie Falatko, and she rocks.

    Who rocks the house? Julie rocks the house! (and you sound just like you. do you think you sound just like you?)

  2. Katie Davis

    YOU ROCKED IT! I love what you sent me, Julie! Thanks! Can’t wait to hear what else you’ll review for the show!

  3. Colby Sharp

    Great job reviewing Petunia. I am a big fan of that book and Katie’s podcast. Excited to hear more of your reviews.

  4. Julie

    Thanks everyone! I can’t wait to review more books! First, um, I have to pay a huge fine because we lost one of the CDs to the stinkin’ Magic Tree House audio book collection (it’s a fine collection, really, it’s just stinky that this CD disappeared into the house-abyss last November and has yet to resurface). And then I’ll be able to check out books again! (Note that it’s not Katie who’s keeping me from doing reviews, as some kind of uber-library advocate, but my local library that’s preventing me from checking out any more reviewable books.)

  5. Julie

    And yes, Robyn, I do think I sound like me. A lot of time on videos I don’t sound like me. Not sure if it’s a difference between my video self vs. my audio self, or the difference between my camera mic and my computer mic.

  6. emily

    wahoo! JULIE!!!!!

  7. Darshana

    Hi Julie,

    Congratulations! I just heard about you through Katie’s podcast. I enjoyed listening to your review of “A Pet for Petunia”. I look forward to hearing your reviews.

    I started perusing through your blog. Good Luck with the homeschooling. It is awesome that you are able to make it work.

  8. Julie

    Darshana: let’s say, about homeschooling, “it is awesome IF you are able to make it work.” Today I’m ready to sell them on the street. I don’t remember putting Whining and Bursting Into Tears at the Slightest Provocation on the curriculum. Earlier they were fighting over imaginary donuts.

  9. Darshana

    Thanks for keeping it real. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.


  10. Julie

    It’s better already, Darshana, after I put half the whiners down for naps. Phew! And now we’re off to the library, and we all know it doesn’t get any better than that.

  11. emily

    i finally got to listen julie, it’s so, so good! It’s not easy to do well and the writing AND the delivery are both just FAB. Can’t wait to hear more! What an awesome gig! Its so inspiring to see (from my particular perspective, having paused doing something like this for a year, and worrying sometimes in dead of night that pause-for-baby means stop…but here you are, going on and forward with life! hurray!)

  12. Julie

    Em, you’re not done at all. You are on pause-for-baby. And the baby you’re pausing for is younger than the baby I paused/am pausing for. Get back into it! Do something for your career every month, then every fortnight, then every week, then twice a week. But don’t worry too much about the frequency, as long as it’s regular. I can’t wait to hear more from YOU! (And thanks for giving me an opportunity to use the word fortnight.)

  13. Kate

    I loved it! Congratulations to you – can’t wait to hear more! You know, I can’t help but wonder if all of the Gloria Q. van Topalott shows and interviews helped form your on-air personality… 😉

  14. Julie

    Kate — ha! You know they did! I’ve always loved to hear the sound of my own voice, even when I forced poor 5-year-old you to be part of the whole debacle. You were very game, really.

  15. Kate

    Are you kidding me? I loved doing those shows as much as you did!

  16. Julie

    Also, you have a much better memory than I do. I had completely forgotten about Gloria Q. van Topalott until you brought her up. (For the rest of you: it’s a talk show that Kate and I used to do when we were, what? 6? 7?)

  17. Kate

    Yes, that’s about the age. I recall having some pretty interesting guests and segments. We had a chef come on once and the inventor of a revolutionary beauty cream called Porcelana. Good times!

  18. Julie

    I also remember us being obsessed with felt and how versatile it is. We also made a food for Barbie out of Fun-Dip and water (though that wasn’t related to the talk show), which makes us sound like we had a completely different childhood than we did.

  19. Kate

    True, that particular bit sounds horrifying! Let’s cancel that out by reminiscing about tramping through the woods, building a lean-to, catching frogs and polliwogs, and running through meadows in search if adventure. Sound better?


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