Happy Mother’s Day!
It was Monica Edinger who alerted me to the fact that fresh on the heels of the Matilda musical is an upcoming British production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has the details and directed me to this truly unfair let’s-not-give-anything-away teaser trailer.
This introduction is a bit better.
You know what this means, don’t you? We are just THIS MUCH CLOSER to a truly terrifying Witches musical. And I’ll be first in line. Thanks to Monica for the link!
Last weekend I hosted author Sue Stauffacher at my Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL to talk about her Wireman series. If you’re unfamiliar with the books, they’re essentially graphic novels containing the 100 most common words for kids and teens with low reading comprehension. The art is stellar, it’s a brilliant reading tool, and there’s nothing like it out there. It also doesn’t have a publisher at the moment *ahem hem*. In any case, check out this pitch from Eric, a student at the Detroit Palmer Park Preparatory Academy. Love that kid’s style.
Sometimes it feels like SLJ reporter Rocco Staino has wings on his heels the way he flits about the world, capturing all the good stories. Now it appears he’d also do well on Sesame Street. Talk about a natural rapport with a puppet! Well played, man.
Book trailer time! This one’s a delight. It’s The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters by Clay McLeod Chapman and it’s a good example of how to make a simple but effective trailer. Love that Vertigo effect too.
Now there’s much to love of this Lunch Lady video featuring actual lunch ladies dancing, as you can see:
However, I think the point we should be careful not to miss is that this song is sung by Recess Monkey, the band. An actual band. Not a bad idea in the least.
And finally, for our off-topic video (which also has nothing to do with Mother’s Day in the slightest) it’s what we all had hoped for. A stage music of the fourth season of Downton Abbey. I’ll be humming the Tea Song for the rest of the day, I think.