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Video Sunday: Goblin Roller Derby Clocks With a Side of Meatballs

They will tell you that book trailers don’t work and perhaps it is true.  I’ve never felt an entirely overwhelming need to purchase a book after hearing a trailer for it.  However, here is another video of its kind.  Mem Fox simply reads The Goblin and the Empty Chair, her newest from Beach Lane Books out later this month.  You will not be able to stop playing it once it starts, I think.  And once finished, you will want the book for your own.  I know I did.  Thanks to The Book Chook for the link.

And on as different a note as there could possibly be, there’s a new trailer for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs out.  I am pleased to report that in my branch we stocked nine copies of the picture book and they are all all all OUT at the moment, thereby proving my theory that when a film based on a movie comes out, people flock to read the book again.  Mind you, it didn’t work out quite as well when I stock-piled those copies of The Water Horse or Five Children and It . . . .

Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

I wouldn’t call this the first attempt anyone has ever made to construct a working, accurate version of the Weasley Clock featured in the Harry Potter books, but it’s certainly the most complex.  Those of you who have read the books will recall that in Harry Potter the Weasley family has a clock where each face is on an arm and points to where they are (Home, Traveling, Mortal Peril, etc.).  With our current GPS craze, how hard would it be to create one’s own real life clock?  A bloke at Blog What I Made goes through all the details, and there are several videos of deconstructed clocks in various states.  For the techies amongst you, this is gold.  Big time thanks to Tom Angleberger for the link.

Off-topic?  Not necessarily.  This is, after all, a literary blog and so I find this Tricky Linguistics video to be a rather nice complement to the various discussions we get bogged down in.  Which is to say, I just like listening to Stephen Fry talk quickly and well.

Thanks to Bookninja for the link.

There’s always one video per week that makes the rounds on the various blogs before I’m able to pick up on it.  This week it ties in nicely to the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Shauna Cross’s YA nove Derby Girl (the movie will be called Whip It). In real life we’ve a mild mannered librarian turned roller derby player, as seen on CNN.

Embedded video from CNN Video
And for our final off-topic video, trust an Art Director to have impeccable taste.  Over at Mishaps and Adventures, Chad Beckerman has been instituting Music Video Mondays.  Here’s one of his finds.  The crazy thing?  It’s a "fan video" and not the actual music video of the band.  Geez.

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear from Gabe Askew on Vimeo.

Thanks to Chad 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.


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