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Video Sunday: That cake’s my most bestest creation

FingerprintArt

Who says you need to be Ed Emerley to make fingerprints dance?  A canny bit of book promotion, this title is out this year but I certainly hadn’t heard of it until now (Laurence King Publishers, anyone?).  Now I’ll need to see it for myself.  It’s Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art by Marion Deuchars.  [...]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

BookSmell

I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should [...]

Video Sunday: How to Start a School Year

ColbySharp

You start it with . . . EXCITEMENT! A show of hands.  Who, right now, is weeping a little over the fact that we will never have Mr. Colby Sharp as the 4th grade teacher of our youth?  That is, perhaps, the first video I would show to my students if I were teaching a [...]

Video Sunday: “… and a lion who’s a god.”

Olympics2012

Finding videos of the Voldemort vs. Mary Poppins nuttiness online was surprisingly difficult.  Finally I found a sort of recap of the Olympic 2012 opening ceremonies with reference to the rise of the great children’s literature villains (The Queen of Hearts, a Disney-esque Cruella de Ville, Captain Hook, and Voldemort) and their destruction at the [...]

Video Sunday: Han shot first

Shhh

A contemporary librarian noir starring folks I know?  Don’t mind if I do!  I had no idea that Sarah Murphy was such a fine actress but it surprises me not at all.  Written and co-directed by Joy Tomasko with co-direction, photography and post-production by Jon Dieringer and starring librarians and friends thereof, this film premiered [...]

Video Sunday: The Return

NYPLVideo

Whew!  Been a while, hasn’t it?  I hardly know where to start.  Might as well begin with my place of work, eh?  You see my library enjoys making little movies about itself from time to time.  When you’ve got an iconic set, how can you resist?  In my building (big stone lions, etc.) my Milstein [...]

World Premiere: Z Is for Moose – The Madness, the Method, the Trailer

ZIsForMoose

Ladies and gentlemen it is my supreme pleasure to show you today a little somethin’ somethin’ you’ve not seen the likes of before.  A star studded cast.  A deeply amusing book.  A video that is enjoying its world premiere here on A Fuse #8 Production today.  So sit back, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the [...]

Video Sunday: And the Reading Rainbow Mash-Ups Just Keep On Coming

Broadway

There was no question in my mind which video to begin with today.  I cannot help but think that meeting Quentin Blake must be akin to meeting Roald Dahl.  The man is a living legend and this video is a true treasure.  Would that every illustrator were half so thorough when discussing the preservation, creation, [...]

Video Sunday: Just Call Me Old Softy

AnimalLibraryHouse

Okay, so I have to ask.  What is up with various members of The Decemberists and children’s literature these days?  First lead singer Colin Meloy writes a fantasy novel.  Now Jenny Conlee helps compose a score for a stage adaptation of Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn playing at The Oregon Children’s Theater.  You’ve [...]

Video Sunday: Happy Easter!

CarleGrant

Normally I don’t advertise author/illustrator contests and challenges but this one has something I like.  Namely, Rube Goldberg machines.  Actually, I also happen to like Lisa Graff.  And I happen to like her new book which I finished yesterday and includes the aforementioned Rube Goldberg thing.  The first to ever appear in a children’s book?  [...]

Video Sunday: April Fool’s Day Edition

ChloeLionVid

And by “edition” I mean that my April Fool’s joke of the day is that I’m not doing anything that has even the slightest connection to April Fool’s Day.  Surprise!  Don’t worry.  You’ll see plenty of stuff around the web to fool you ah-plenty.  Remember the day. Now sit back for a treat. Bloody ‘ell.  [...]

Video Sunday: Warning – Contains adorable children, bunnies, and Australians

BarefootAtlasApp

Aw yeah.  I’m breaking out the big guns today.  Cute kids trying to raise library funds.  The catchy song and good cause don’t hurt much either.  Seems a little town called Shutesbury has been having a difficult time raising funds for a new library.  Their old one is, as you can see “wicked small”.  So [...]

Video Sunday: The Quibbling Gem

ThreeNinjaPigs

It is a well-established fact that a new Dan Santat book trailer is a cause for celebration.  I hadn’t heard of this one before, so this makes for a good introduction.  Could be a good pairing with John Rocco’s Wolf! Wolf! It also makes me wonder why there aren’t more fairytale ninja mash-ups out there.  [...]

Video Sunday: “Not after what those kids did to Pop.”

LoraxColbert

Fun Fact: Remember that Re-Seussification Project I posted?  And how it happened to come out the day before the birthday of the good doctor himself?  Total coincidence.  I had no idea.  At the same time The Lorax has come out in theaters.  Know how I know?  Because every other minute there’s an ad on my [...]

Video Sunday: Needing, Getting, Happenings, and Girls

JesHappened

My general rule is that unless I find three good videos in a given week I am inclined to skip Video Sunday.  And the last week or two has been a difficult one.  Sometimes videos with a children’s literature connection sprout up like weeds.  Other times they’re rarities.  Today, I’m pleased to have found my [...]