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Video Sunday: Xavier Says Ha Ha Ha, We Have Nothing in Common

Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.

Undoubtedly you already saw this video on Horn Book or Children’s Illustration, but I don’t mind following suit.  There’s something intense about the sheer level of quantification shown here.  One begins to wonder how it might apply to other fairy tales.  Say, Hansel & Gretel, pinpointing the fat and calorie content of each gingerbread shingle. 

There are many artists who shun the spotlight, preferring to create their art alone in their studios.  And there are others that take to the video format like a fish to water.  We’ve seen plenty of menfolk do this.  Jarrett Krosoczka.  Jon Scieszka.  Mo Willems.  Fewer women come up with their own original videos, however.  Maybe that’s part of the reason why I like Amy Krous Rosenthal so much.  Not only does she do a good book, but her videos are remarkably well done.  Here’s a good example:

Who’s a clever girl, then?  I’m tempting to pick one of the four things she mentions when she comes to New York.  Plenty of time to plan for that, though.  In the meantime I wouldn’t mind getting my hooks on that Little Pig book mentioned.  Thanks to Little Willow for the link.

This next vid pairs nicely with Ms. Rosenthal, I think.  You are familiar with the best children’s literary podcast out there, yes?  Just One More Book! is without compare.  Hands down Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross  consistently produce high-quality interviews and reviews with incredibly charming Canadian accents.  We knew they’d conquered the realm of podcasting.  But what of video blogging?  What indeed!  Starting March 31st, a video series called The Rock Stars of Reading will be appearing at JOMB.  As their press release states:

Producers Andrea Ross and Mark Blevis and their two daughters, Lucy (9) and Bayla (7), lived by a tight schedule of studio visits, lunches, dinners, round table discussions and gallery visits. The trip was video and audio recorded and has been produced as a series of documentary video and audio programs that will be published on the Internet, for free, beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (click here to see a promotional video clip:

Or you can just watch it here:

The press release goes on to say that episodes include:

"* Lane Smith discusses original artwork and his creative process
* Diane de Groat shows how she mixes digital and physical art
* Jarrett Krosoczka paints with Lucy and Bayla
* Jeff Mack explains the story behind some of his books
* R. Michelson Galleries’ 19th Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibition

Guests include Jeanne Birdsall, Nick Clark, Diane de Groat, Tony Diterlizzi, Corinne Demas, Jane Dyer, Scott Fischer, Mordicai Gerstein, Paul Jacobs, Norton Juster, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeff Mack, Richard Michelson, Leslea Newman, Lane Smith, David Ezra Stein, Heidi Stemple, Mo Willems and Jane Yolen."


On a slightly different note, my Children’s Literary Cafe will be hosting author/illustrator William Low to talk about digital illustration and how it works.  Fellow artist Nathan Clement has created a video that shows how he creating his picture book Drive, now out with Boyd Mills Press.  Good old process.

Thanks to Brittany Lashinsky for the link.

Lots of news stories like to talk about how famous people are.  Few make a point to also mention how sweet some famous people can be.  This CBS Evening News Story, however, makes it pretty clear what a swell fella Mr. Jeff Kinney is.  I can’t quite figure out how to embed it here, however, so you’ll have to traipse on over to Mishaps and Adventures for the link.

And finally we come to our random off-topic video to round everything out.  This video is not what I’d call mom-friendly.  This is because my mom cannot deal with children in peril.  So Mom, I’m sure you already saw this mentioned on Bookninja, but don’t watch it.  Even though it has a happy ending, I’d steer clear. 

One of the damndest things I’ve ever seen:

It’s when the croc got involved that I really began to sit up and take notice.  Thanks to Bookninja for the link.

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. Okay, that National Geographic moment was intense.

    That fairytale was so fun! I think The 3 Little Pigs would be a great one – the cost of straw per bale for a straw bale house, the speed of the wind when the wolf huffs and puffs… there are tons of fun things one could do. Sadly, Tomas Nilsson’s website is all in Swedish, so I don’t guess he’s taking suggestions. Happy Sunday.

  2. Joyce Moyer Hostetter says:

    I for one, am fond of DRIVE by Nathan Clement. I “reviewed” it on my blog at just this week.

    Oh, and thanks for putting me on the edge of my seat with that buffalo story! Now if I can learn to write like that…