Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus. Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link.
Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches. As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview of An Author You Like’.” Apparently Reading Rockets has done everything in its power to videotape many of the major power players out there. Your Selznicks. Your McKissacks. Your Yolens. There’s a Website and a YouTube channel so take your pick! Talk about a useful resource.
Of course, if you want to save yourself some time and trouble in terms of finding the authors you love you can just watch this trailer for The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. But make sure you watch it until the end.
I could live a long and happy life in the belief that Chris Van Allsburg was some kind of a criminal mastermind. Yup.
Do all the classic children’s authors also know how to draw? I only ask because it keeps coming up. Tolkien drew. J.K. Rowling can draw. Now apparently Philip Pullman does too. Extraordinary.
A couple thoughts on this next one.
A: Check out those guns on Katie Davis! Wowza!
B: Yes, folks, we all know that Tuck Everlasting didn’t win a Newbery. It’s okay. Let it go.
C: When I start a band I am totally calling it Weirdly Supple Crystal Ball.
Book trailer time! This one comes to us courtesy of Jonathan Auxier. He’s even gone so far as to write a post about the Five Things I Learned from Making My Own Book Trailer. The piece is fascinating in and of itself. The final product? I’d say it’s worth it.
Sort of reminds me of last year’s Adam Gidwitz trailer for A Tale Dark and Grimm. Were I to teach a course on book trailers, I’d definitely pair those two together.
And while we’re on the topic of book trailers . . .
Now. Give me that book now. Now now now. I want it. Now. Gimme.
And today’s off-topic video is a bit of indulgence on my own part. It’s a lesson in how cool Neil Gaiman is. How cool is he? He is sooo cool that when musicians like Sxip Shirey break his bowls, they immediately turn the musical shards into catchy apology video songs.
From here on in, anyone breaking anything in my house has to use the pieces in a musical way. Even if you break my air conditioner you make those remaining shards sing. Ragtime preferred.