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Book Trailer Premier: How It Feels to Be a Boat by James Kwan


Let me be clear – I don’t actually post every book trailer I’m asked to premiere.  If I’m lucky, I may already love a book and then find myself offered the chance to debut it after previously falling for it hook, line, and sinker.  How It Feels to Be a Boat by James Kwan fits the bill perfectly.  It dwells in a kind of gentle illogical logic that kids really dig.  You know what it reminded me of the most?  Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins.  Silly, sweet, oddly moving stuff.  Best of all, creator James Kwan appears to be willing to go all out when it comes to book promotion.  I mean, I’m happy to make videos for my books, but green screen technology?  That’s beyond my yen.  I salute you, man.

Click on the video below. If it requires a password, type in “boat”.  And enjoy!

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Thanks to HMH for the premiere.

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. Wow! What a terrific trailer! I’m just beginning to work on one for my forthcoming YA. After seeing this, though, I’m thinking the bar has been set way too high for me.