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Video Sunday – Sitting in an Airport Staring Nothing Edition

Today I jump on a shiny jet plane and high-tail it to Atlanta, Georgia to stay with my in-laws. While there I intend to:

1. Visit my cat. I gave my in-laws my cat when the creature (named sometimes Larry, sometimes Gimlet, and sometimes Isaac) proved to be too doglike for my tiny Minneapolis apartment. This was a creature that was smart enough to run into the house’s basement, jump on the washing machine, pry up the window with its claws, and leap to freedom outdoors. It was also so stupid that it would fall asleep on the roof (third floor) and, in its sleep, inadvertently roll off and fall to the ground below. Cats can be like that. This one would even sit next to the sander as we redid our living room, viewing it like some kind of mildly amusing, if loud, human. In any case, it lives in a big house now where my in-laws are home all day to cuddle and talk to it, and I miss the crazy bugger, so that’s something to look forward to.

2. Visit my niece. I don’t mean to put my niece after my cat, but I met one before the other. My niece, a small Bird, is rather new. The child is doomed to forever receive books from me too. Poor kid. She’ll be 27 and living on her own and WHOOP! Here’s another picture book from CRAZY Aunt Betsy in the mail. That is the plan anyway.

3. Visit my preacher. My preacher is actually a friend of mine from high school who done gone and preached herself up at the Union Theological Seminary. Her husband also provides the voice at the beginning of my podcasts (though he is not the "Stand clear of the closing doors please" guy, so there’s no need to get excited).

I could take a break, you know. I’ll be gone until the 28th or so and in that time I intend to work on a book of mine that needs a good going over. But in spite of the fact that I fully expect NONE of you to follow Fuse #8 over the break, I’m still STILL STILL going to post every single friggin’ day until I die (and beyond, if I write my future posts correctly).

But what do you really want? You want Video Sunday, so here are some treats. Thanks to bookshelves of doom I got this link. It combines two of the things I love most. Libraries and inanimate objects getting all animate. Apparently this is a proposal for something a fellow wants to create for libraries. Suits me. I like robots.

And this one features a pretty lady who was at the last Kidlit Drink Night. Yep. I had Maureen Johnson at my Drink Night. It was a coup. A coup on what, I’m not so sure, but it’s cool to see her featured on Brotherhood 2.0, so I shall link to it here.

The big trend in books in 2008? Dead people. More specifically, dead-ISH people. Little Brown & Co has a British book out by the name of Billy Bones, and Mr. Bones has taken it upon himself to create video after video on YouTube. Here’s one:

And here’s a link to a smattering of them. Go and see what you think.

The Class of 2K8 has released its video of upcoming titles for the year. Looks pretty sweet. Glad to see these kids have their act together. Now who is organizing the Class of 2K9?

The Kane/Miller Kidlit blog recently suggested that perhaps a young Aussie by the name of Felice (Felice?) Arena should be considered for The Hot Men of Children’s Literature. So they posted a link to a video of him reading from his book Sally and Dave, A Slug Story. Gotta admit, them accents is nice.

And, being that it is almost Christmas, here is my favorite song from my favorite Christmas special. I would have preferred a version sans Denver, but one cannot be too picky when dealing with YouTube videos. Besides, it was based on a great book by Russell Hoban. Seek it out.

Have a great holiday season!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth 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.


  1. I think that next time you are in our fair city of Atlanta there should be a kidlit drink night organized, I am sure there are a few of us kidliters out in the ATL! We could even visit my FAVORITE children’s bookstore, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur!


  2. Well bite my tail and call me stumpy! That is a good idea! Never would have occurred to me either. By all means, next time I’m in town I’ll organize that thing! Seems silly that I didn’t think of it before. You got it, toots. Only, that might be near Thanksgiving next year. Hmmm. We shall see what we shall see.