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Video Sunday: App Humor

You gasped over the Month at the Museum video by my buddy Davin.  You raved over the Month at the Museum video by YA author James Kennedy.  Now one of our own has entered the fray.  Yes!  Tis blogger extraordinaire Leila Roy coming to you via bookshelves of doom.  She tosses her hat into the ring as well.  Will any of these three make it to the final round?  Will any of them actually get to spend a full month living, eating, and breathing museum life?  Only time will tell, but good luck, Leila!

I am not an artist so my knowledge of the different techniques at an illustrator’s fingertips at any given moment is limited to what I see.  So it is that the term “plasticine” was relatively unknown to me until I ran across this post on Sara O’Leary’s blog about using it.  She proceeds to link to this video by Barbara Reid, who is the author/illustrator of one of the most popular picture books in any New York City library, Subway Mouse.  In this three part series you can see how she does her art.  Great great stuff.

How neat would it be if someone created a web series where folks went to different illustrators’ homes and they showed techniques they used to create their art?  Just a thought.

This is a little last minute (in that you have 8 days left to participate) but if you know a person of the youthful persuasion who likes making movies, they may be interested in submitting to the Write It, Film It Video Contest as sponsored by and Reading Rockets.  All they have to do is create a fun 3 minute video based on a list of different topics like “Silent Movie” or “Superhero Action”.  Then submit and win!  The results are due by August 30th so you have some time left.  Check out this site for more information.  Thanks to the ALSC Blog for the link.

Speaking of time left, you’ve only six days left to vote on your favorite Newbery/Caldecott Banquet red carpet fashion over at On the Red Carpet.  Here’s the appropriate fashion statement vid to get you in the mood.

This next video may drive me insane.  Who is the voice speaking during this book trailer for The Familiars?  It sounds horribly familiar but I simply cannot place it.  A little help?

Okay, and for our final off-topic, I believe I’ve never put this on a Video Sunday, which is ridiculous because for some reason this is the video I think of when I’m feeling blue.  I can’t explain logically why it is that I find it so funny.  You’re just going to have to experience it for yourself.

Have a good one, folks!

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. Ooog.

  2. Great video, Leila! The “guilty conscience from the misdeeds of my youth” angle is hilarious.

    I look forward to our halberd duel in the semifinals. (What? You haven’t heard? Well, I’m sure you can pick up a cuirass at the last minute somewhere. I’ve been working on my powered exoskeleton for months.)

    Even if neither of us wins, come visit me in Chicago — we’ll sneak in to the Museum of Science and Industry do your egg drop penance clandestinely.

    Who are we kidding? We’re just going to throw eggs at children.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      See, this is what I love about you guys. That we, as civilized human beings, can compete against one another to live in a museum on the one hand, and then extend the hand of friendship to propose bombarding our youth with foodstuffs the next. It does my old heart good.

  3. Another great roundup! The plasticine series is esp. brilliant.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Cheers, Newbery Award winner! Just gives my day a little added extra thrill when I see you comment. Do I pander? Well then I pander.

  4. James, I’m always up for pelting the young’uns with eggs.

    And water balloons.

    Count me in!

    PS. I scoff at your powered exoskeleton. My remote-controlled steam-powered army of clockwork hummingbirds (anthropomorphized, of course) is ready for battle.

  5. The answer to your burning question about the voice-over in The Familiars book trailer: Lincoln Hoppe.

  6. *Correction* The Voice in The Familiars book trailer belongs to Sam Dellar. Lincoln Hoppe will be the voice of The Familiars audiobook.