It makes my life so much easier when there is zero question of what video to begin Video Sunday with. And author Sarah Miller is a door able, as they say. Good work, Sarah. Now convert The Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog into The Writer Wants a Cupcake (in which she competes with an equally adorable agent for one) and you’ve got yourself a series.
And now, your daily trailer. I think I feel asleep at the wheel on this one. We need to stock up on copies of Beezus and Ramona NOW before the hoardes of children come searching for it on our library shelves.
Jezebel, however, had the best line bar none on this. " ‘I hope you guys like it!’ Selena Gomez says of her new Ramona and Beezus trailer. No. We don’t. Maybe because BEEZUS IS A SEX KITTEN AND RAMONA IS A PINT-SIZED MANIC-PIXIE DREAM GIRL." Amen, sister. Thanks to Jana Warnell for the link.
This next one is a bit strange. Around late 2007 a video came out called Lost Generation. It became a modest viral hit with an environmental message, like so.
Now Penguin has released what is essentially the same idea, only with a publishing message instead.
What’s disappointing about this is that nowhere in the video, or on its YouTube page for that matter, is a hat tip to Lost Generation. If you dig deep enough you’ll find an interview with the creator talking about the inspiration, but that’s only if you follow certain links in the YouTube page’s information section. For all intents and purposes, most folks are assuming the original idea belongs to Penguin, which is a pity. It was originally prepared for a sales conference, which may explain why the video itself does not explain the influence, but that doesn’t excuse the YouTube page one jot. Thanks to Gregory K for the heads up.
I don’t know that I’ve ever shown this video of Eric Carle talking about Bill Martin Jr. here before.
One of these days I’d like to have a website where various video interviews with children’s authors and illustrators are collected. Thanks to Collecting Children’s Books for this link.
This week Educating Alice had a fantastic collection of various Alice in Wonderland-related videos, ads, Muppet Show clips, etc. I found this ad for Jello to be the most fascinating, though. Let’s see. Not only was Disney in on it, not only did they get Sterling Holloway to do the voiceover, not ONLY did they get what sounds like Kathryn Beaumont as well, but they also included the griffin and the mock turtle (who got cut from the actual film itself).
I would watch a film solely starring that griffin. Heck, give him his own Bravo TV series. Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.
Monica also directed my attention to this video done by the Everdeen Sisters. This is a video done in conjunction with the current Battle of the Kids’ Books. For an explanation and the lyrics in their entirety, you should read this. Then enjoy.
And now, a public service announcement from Bob Staake. Um . . . maybe not a work friendly one though. But boy does it make me crack up.
Early Word had the scoop on a Gaiman interview I’d not seen. It’s rather lovely. For you Gaiman fans out there, fun stuff.
Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
And finally, for your off-topic bit of joy, it’s spring here in New York City this weekend. We’re all thrilled. And what is spring without a little Tom Lehrer in it?