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

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” really are ideal rhymes.  Just not the kind of thing you’d expect to find in a music video for a children’s film.

As for the actual film itself, you can see a trailer for it here:

I bet you save a lot of money if you don’t have to worry about flapping jaws.  Dubbing’s easier too.  Here’s the actual website for the film.  Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the links.

If you’d like to get that song out of your ears (and, admittedly, I wouldn’t blame you), trade it in for this one.  It’s the booktrailer for Gordon Titcomb’s The Last Train and a catchier little melody you will not find today.

Let us now consider the state of the modern book trailer.  If you absolutely must have voiceover work done, consider doing so with professionals.  The difference is distinct.  Imagine how differently this video for Lesley M.M. Blume’s newest work Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins, and Other Nasties would have felt if not for the singular vocal dynamics at work.

Now some actual movie movie trailers.  Were you guys aware that they turned Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story into a film?  This is a charming little trailer and not just because of the huge swath of cameos you can spot.  To my mind, the greatest challenge of any film set in a hospital is the poor lighting.  A good film makes you forget it.  A bad film fails.  This looks, and granted I’m just working on the trailer here, like a pretty good film.

Thanks to Abby (the) Librarian for the link.

And now the rarest beast of all.  The book teaser trailer.  Has it ever been done before?  If not, Dan Yaccarino may have just started a whole new idea.

As I write this, Mockingjay sits in my locker at work.  I’m currently engrossed in Factotum (not the Charles Bukowski novel of the same name, though thanks for crediting me for a moment there), and haven’t any spare brain time for another YA.  That’s okay, though.  I can just be lazy and let Suzanne Collins read the first chapter to me.  It causes me to ask you the following: Name me all the teen and children’s fantasy novels starring Southern characters.  Think it through.  I know there are some.

And for our final off-topic video, while I’m certain a good 48% of you have already seen this, there’s nothing quite like combining Star Wars with the blaxploitation films of the 70s.  The timing actually sort of makes the whole idea behind this one seem possible.  Or maybe I’m a crazy dreamer.

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. Ugh, OK, in my mind Katniss didn’t have a southern accent. It kinda ruins my own imagination of it all.

  2. I think there’s a dearth of good models for book trailers. Most of them strike me as third-rate parodies of movie trailers, accompanied by generic, royalty-free music tracks that rarely reflect the tone and style of the book. The “preview” trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s “All the Way to America that you posted is a perfect example. I admire Yaccarino’s books, but the canned soundtrack for the trailer sounds like the title music for a biblical epic starring Charlton Heston. It is ludicrously at odds with Yaccarino’s simple, sweet illustrational style. We commissioned original music for our “Squeak Preview” video of “Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue,” a new picture book by author/illustrator Molly Coxe. We didn’t have much of a budget, but at least the trailer (I think) fittingly captures the book’s style and story line:

  3. Ah-HA! I, on the other hand, have always suspected that Katniss has a Southern accent. District 13 is supposed to be in Appalachia coal country, right? And “Peeta” seems so much like “Peter” with a drawl.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Yup. I’m a fan myself. I mean, southern accents are often given to bad guys in children’s literature. Round about time we got ourselves a southern lady who can kick and fight and shoot.

  4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl stars Southern characters.