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Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys

GraveyardBook

First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers [...]

Video Sunday: The Swankiest Bathmat in Town

ChaseNoFace

It’s hard to have a favorite part of the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet to look forward to, but definitely up there is the red carpet interview portion.  Each year Jim Averbeck whips out the camera and questions and has the luminaries of the field give their thoughts and opinions on a variety of schtoofs.  2011 was no [...]

Video Sunday: Trailer Bonanza

LiterarySalon

A little more than a year ago I conducted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL with a bunch of talented female graphic novelists of children’s literature (Colleen AF Venable (Hamster and Cheese), Raina Telegemeier (Smile), and Tracy White (How I Made it to Eighteen)).  It was recorded for posterity (unlike most of my Salons) and [...]

Video Sunday: The singer would be significantly less weird looking if he had eyebrows, yes?

ScholasticPreview

I’ve been asked in the past why it is that I don’t write up the online librarian previews by folks like those at Scholastic.  The reason is simple.  I figure that if you have access to the online previews you don’t need a recap from someone like me.  You can see them for yourself!  That [...]

Video Sunday: Hey, you like Turkish Delight as much as I do

JaneGoodall

Oh, wow.  Just . . . wow.  Some of you may already be aware of the Boogie Woogie blog, run by author/illustrator Aaron Zenz and his three kids.  The fact that it may be the best blog out there in which kids participate in the discussion of children’s literature is evidenced by nothing so much [...]

Video Sunday: Happy Easter

Bunnies

My thinking on the matter is that if you can’t have baby rabbits in cups on Easter then when the heck can you have them?  Thanks to mom for the link. So!  It’s yet another on and off cloudy day here in NYC, but we’re heartened by the rise in temperatures from windy cold to [...]

Video Sunday: Delicious Bee-Meat

Gaiman

Well, that was satisfying.  For those of you unfamiliar with the James Kennedy/Neil Gaiman “feud” (and I use that term loosely) this video may work best with a little background.  You see, I first became acquainted with the YA author of The Order of Odd Fish when he wrote this remarkable screed entitled America, Emulate [...]

Video Sunday: Less orange

HideandSeek

I once served on the Newbery committee that handed the medal to The Higher Power of Lucky.  Or, as I sometimes like to tell it, I was on the committee that handed an award to the book that got remembered almost entirely as “the scrotum book” all thanks to a New York Times article about [...]

Video Sunday: Beaucoup d’Imagination

Frenchgirl

She’ll have a book contract within a week.  This was undoubtedly the most popular video of the past week, making the rounds amongst folks who (A) like cute French kids (B) like Winnie-the-Pooh and (C) are aware that Pooh books are strikingly lacking in “singes”.  Many thanks to BoingBoing for the link. But really, this [...]

Video Sunday: 24,800

VanDraanen

Book trailers get based on all sorts of things, but I have never encountered one that took its cue from the book’s own cover.  And not in a cheap way either.  This rather breathtaking trailer for Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm somehow manages to be precisely the right length with precisely the right [...]

Video Sunday: Oye como va?

GeniusFiles

BAM!  Now that is what I’m talking about.  Geez o’ petes, wow.  Book trailers are fascinating little microcosms of how someone wants to promote their book.  It’s hard to tell if Mr. Gutman made this trailer for the upcoming The Genius Files entirely himself or if Harper Collins played a hand, but all I care [...]

Video Sunday: Better better better whooo!

spork

You know, I was all set to begin with the Harry Potter trailer this morning, but after seeing Kyo Maclear’s original Bob Dylan inspired book trailer for a picture book I really love (Spork) it was clear who the first video of today should really be.  Big time thanks to Naseem Hrab for the link! [...]

Video Sunday: The Good, the Bad, and the Backhoe

PeterBrown

I always find it interesting to watch how different author/illustrators confront audiences.  Writing children’s books means, to some extent, that you’ve signed on to be a performer for children.  So what technique suits you best?  Do you have to rely on a chicken costume, or can you be relaxed and natural with your audience?  This [...]

Video Sunday: “We’re keeping food fresh till the end of days!”

September

I’ve been clutching this video to my chest for months, just waiting, waiting, waiting for September to come around.  Children’s literature related?  Not unless funky puppets count (that puppet makes me laugh every time).  Just consider this something to get your groove on today.  September is here (yipes!) and if your weather is anything like [...]

Video Sunday: We need milk and cakes and a warm bed

Moomins

I don’t know how you like to wake up on your Sunday mornings, but I for one enjoy a rousing rendition of Bjork set to eerie stop animation.  Particularly if that animation involves Moomins.  This is quite possibly one of the odder openings I’ve ever placed on this blog.  To be fair, “comet” and “dammit” [...]