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Video Sunday: "When did I start drawing? When did you stop?"

A particularly profitable crop of videos this fine and frozen morning (snowfall has finally hit New York).  This first one will make your day.  Particularly if you feel your skin itch everytime you see another film or television personality with a "new book for kids".  Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black together skewer the idea of the celebrity picture book within an inch of its life. 

I find it amusing that of all the publishers they went with Simon & Schuster.  Thanks to Adam Rex for the link.

Awesome!  It’s Where the Wild Things Are, only done entirely in American Sign Language.


Thanks to Sam Riddleburger for the link.

Found this Lost Works of Judy Blume from SNL somewhere.  It’s pretty funny (and don’t you feel sorry for poor John Malkovich when you consider how they gave him such long hair?).  I mostly include it here because I suspect that the covers of her books in the montage at the start are from my library system.  My tip-off?  Take a close look at the cover of Double Fudge.  See where the cut-outs are covered up because whoever wrapped the jacket in plastic failed to cut out the white paper backing?  That’s the kind of thing you only see on library books.  Boo-yah!  Caught ya, SNL! 

Thanks to PW Children’s Bookshelf for the link.

You know, even if Emily the Strange is a rip-off from Nate the Great, she’s still fun to watch when she’s animated into music videos.  Only problem is, I can’t embed the doggone thing.  If you want to see Emily walking about to catchy tunes, go to the Brenda Bowen site and click on the Meet Emily the Strange video on the lower right. Thanks to Molly O’Neill for the links.

I don’t want to overload you with goodies, but I couldn’t help but include this interview with Shaun Tan.  You may know him best for The Arrival, but long before that he had picture books.  One was called The Lost Thing and it looks as if it’s being turned into a short film.  Tan and CGI make for an interesting mix (though of course he did work on movies like Wall*E, so it’s not a huge surprise to see this).

Thanks to Drawn for the link.

The dangers of Twilight are fully explored in the video Once You Go Bat.

And finally, we come to Babymouse.  Sweet sweet Babymouse.  Penned by sweet sweet people.  The production value hose gets turned on full throttle, bringing you not only Babymouse herself, not only the Holms, not only Felicia Furrypaws, but on top of all that the series’ equally adorable editor Shana Corey.

The kid’s got class.  Be sure to go to this site for more Babymouse information and even an Educators Guide.

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. That quote by Shaun Tan is probably my favorite for the year. After I saw his interview on Drawn, I typed up that quote and taped it to my inspiration board. :)

  2. in the know says:

    Google “Mommy, Why Does My Picture Book Suck?” by David Lubar. A put down on celebrity books the illustrators were sending to each other almost 5 years ago.

  3. I’m not sure if it’s clear in Betsy’s post about Michael Ian Black’s picture book that they’re talking about an ACTUAL book. It’ll be out in January, from Simon & Schuster. It was offered to me to illustrate a while back but I couldn’t fit it in.

  4. Oh geez. That wasn’t even clear to me, Adam. I just thought they pulled Simon & Schuster’s name out of a bag. Plus, they never mention the illustrator or show the full cover. I just guessed that meant it wasn’t real. Wowie. Gives the whole video an entirely different level of meaning.

  5. Years ago William Stafford wrote that when asked when he started writing poetry he would ask “When did you quit?”

  6. booksandbooks says:

    Chicken Cheeks is a real book all right… illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, with a star from Kirkus to boot. But good for Black for being able to make fun of himself (and some others)