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Video Sunday: A Good Week in Videos

Um.  This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a very long time. Now I have just one sentence for you: Post-apocalyptic library science educational television show from the 1980s.  What’s not to love?

How to Eat Fried Worms even gets a shout-out.  Sublime. Thanks to Jennifer Schultz and LISnews for the link.

Here is a very different delight.  The Telegraph went around the Way With Words Festival and asked authors what classic book they were ashamed to admit they had never read.  This isn’t strict children’s literature related, but I think it might be a fun thing for me to do at the next ALA Conference.  I was also relieved to see that I had read at least one of these authors’ works.


Thanks to Bookninja for the link.

In-house trailers vary widely often with massively different results.  Now I couldn’t resist when someone told me that there was a Monster Blood Tattoo trailer out there. Yet this preview suffers from the usual problems that dog trailers for books. Essentially the narrator is just retelling the flap copy, which is all well and good but doesn’t effectively capture the horror and wonder of the book series. The result is serviceable without fulfilling the books’ promise.

Thanks to YPulse for the link.

Another in-house trailer is this one for The Hunger Games.  It works a little better and feels a bit more thought out than MBT did.

Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.

Not too long ago I mentioned that Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree was being adapted into a composed piece with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  In this video you can get a little more information as Richard Tognetti talks about the upcoming national tour.

Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.


I actually found quite a few videos this week, but I probably shouldn’t overstretch myself in case next week turns out to be bereft of bookly goodness.  So let’s end with just three more.

In this first video we consult two of our greatest living experts today on the subject of reading and the conditions under which one is able to do so.



Thanks to Cheryl Rainfield for the link.

That in turn pairs nicely with this off-topic but lovely video of Feist when she recently went on Sesame Street.

Thanks to Crooked House for the link.

And if you didn’t understand what was going on in that Feist video, you should probably compare it to the one she did for the original song. 


That’s all I have. Goodnight, everybody! 

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. What always trebled my joy in that Bert and Ernie video is the two bars of “Someone to Watch Over Me” they play at the end.

  2. My fiance used to watch Tomes and Talismans at his elementary school library! It drove him crazy b/c his librarian always pronounced it “Tombs” and Talismans.

  3. Bibliovore says:

    !! I remember watching “Tomes and Talismans” in my elementary school library, in short blocks. I missed the last installment and that disturbed me deeply.

    I also have to admit that, as cute and catchy as the original Feist song is, I actually like the Sesame Street version more.