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Video Sunday: Marley, Muppets, and Mark Twain

This advice
, courtesy of Mark Twain.  I trust you authors will take it to heart.  Simply substitute "man asleep" with "child asleep" and you will find that the piece does not change much in the retelling.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

And now it’s the usual Who Has the Best Fans? competition.  This week’s entry is firmly in the Adam Rex camp.  On his site you can see a group of Gorg vehemently protesting the representation of their species in The True Meaning of Smekday.  I can’t embed it here.  You’ll have to go and see it yourself.  And yes, it overfloweth with the awesome.  Other authors, the ball is in your court.

Been looking at a lot of video trailers recently.  The ones for the picture books that I admire the most are the ones with high quality scans that give a real visual sense of the book.  This new trailer for Tony Medina’s picture book biography of Bob Marley called I and I is a great example of that.  The music is superfluous.  You can take it or leave it.  What works are the gorgeous shots of Jesse Joshua Watson’s interior illustrations.  This is such a great medium for him.  I’ll need to review this one soon.

Thanks to G. Neri for the heads up on this one.

Those of you who are my Facebook friends will note that one of my status updates this week was "Today Show is late.  I am so getting Al Roker in a headlock now," or something to that extent.  Well, The Today Show was slated to appear in my library and to look at my co-worker, Mr. Edward a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh.  It took them a while, but eventually a reporter of the blondish persuasion did come with her two small cute children.  I did every possible embarrassing move I could think of to get into the background shots, but no go.  Clearly they have some kind of editor over at MSNBC.  In any case, if you’d like to see the piece, here it is.  Makes us look mighty fine, I think.

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If I had half a brain I’d save this for another week, but I just love it.  Drawn (where I found it) describes it better than I ever could too.  "The minimalist animated short by Louis Clichy shows the power of being economical not just in one’s linework, but in storytelling and editing as well."  It reminds me of the process of writing for children in that way.  Plus I’m clearly a sucker for any short film animated to a French soundtrack.

Thanks to Drawn for the link.

Oh good.  This is clearly the perfect video to end our Video Sunday on.  The other day I received a birthday present from my friend Geoff that consisted of DVDs of Jump Tomorrow (I can’t recommend any video today higher than this film), The Muppet Movie, and The Great Muppet Caper (The Muppets Take Manhattan, ironically, did not make the cut).  It makes perfect sense that so soon after receiving a copy of Caper I should see this mash-up.  And as I also own Ocean’s 11 on DVD (not Ocean’s 12, which I think this is mostly playing off of) this is perfect.  Eerily perfect, in some ways.

Many many thanks to Children’s Illustration for the vid.

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. Dan Santat says:

    I so don’t blame you for trying to get on the Today Show. I would have done the same!