Loathe though I am to begin my day with anything spawned from the soul of Fox, this look at the world of Sandra Boynton is worth watching. I like that they shot much of it at the children’s bookstore Books of Wonder (which, if I am not incorrect, still has the Boynton show up and running, so high thee hence and see it if you have a chance). Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
So I’m reading the piece SLJ reporter Rocco Staino wrote for the Huffington Post (with the catchy title Family Greed Separates Charlotte from Wilbur and I notice he has a video up of the recent auctioning of Charlotte’s Web art.
All well and good. But then I see that Mr. Rocco has his own YouTube channel of videos. Out of curiosity I follow the link and voila! A whole host of cool videos! Interviews with Mem Fox, Jules Feiffer, Norton Juster, and even Selena Gomez (hubba wha?). Best of all, I see that he posted a little video of my Children’s Literary Salon that talked about the state of children’s eBooks. Fascinating.
The YA author James Kennedy recently unearthed this video he made with some kids at the South Chicago Art Center back in the day. First off, it’s a great example of how to do low-budget film. Second, I love the kids’ acting. James explains that a lot of this was ad-libbed, but I couldn’t tell.
Okay, I guess this is off-topic, but I’m almost tempted to make it count since the last song involves The Ugly Duckling. At any rate, it’s not a video in the strict sense of the term since this is from the Radio 4 Comedy I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue (winner of the Most English Sounding Comedy Show Award). My beloved Robert Mitchell begins it with a rendition of A Whiter Shade of Pale sung to The Muppet Show theme song and . . . well it really just goes from there. The HMS Pinafore song is worth waiting around for.
Thanks to @kzookev for the link.