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Video Sunday – Adaptations Old and New

People ask me sometimes what use a book trailer has. By and large, I don’t think we can know the impact of trailers and previews for books at this time. Many are very fancy dancy with bells, whistles, and doodads. Others are homemade but intriguing. Here’s one such example. Helen Hemphill’s novel The Adventures of Deadwood Jones uses stock footage and music to get the feel, if not the plot, of her books down.

Thanks to Cynsations for the link.

And here I thought I’d seen all the Disney adaptations.  Not so.  Somehow the short of Ferdinand I missed entirely.

Don’t you love how the opening shows the same red background with flowers on it that you would see on the cover of the Robert Lawson book proper?  And they even kept the corks from Leaf’s illustrations.  Nice.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

Got this one from Book Buds not too long ago. Like Anne, I’d like to dedicate this to the teachers out there. Catchy little song too.

And finally, it wasn’t too long ago that I reviewed a little Je:remy Tankard number by the name of Me Hungry. Now there are picture book trailers for the story online. Here are two of them. They’re short, sweet, and bite-sized, so I hope you enjoy them.

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 am totally fascinated by book trailers! Love this one-I am amazed by how much they can say about a book in just seconds. I thought Barbara O’Connor’s trailer from GREETINGS FROM NOWHERE was a great one. My students used it throughout the read to think through theme, etc. Amazing how much these trailers can pack in between the visuals, words, and music. Thanks for sharing this one!