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Video Sunday: “Look, we have no time for this aimless parade of wrong hats.”

I guess the big news this week involves the Trailee Awards coming via School Library Journal.  The first major award to be offered to a book trailer for a children’s or YA book, the nominees are in and the voting (which you may participate in) will continue until October 22nd.  A couple folks have asked that I post their videos here, but rather than choose favorites I’ll just select one that no one asked me to post but that I thought was particularly neat.  Like this one by my childhood favorite, Mary Downing Hahn.

I’m not surprised to see Someone Named Eva listed in the “Student created for elementary readers (PreK-6)” category, by the way.  That book is HUGE with kids.  I get more random heartfelt comments on my review of that particular book from children than any other (with the exception of The Hunger Games, of course).

Well this next one is just enjoyable.

Admittedly, I’m more of a contralto fan myself, but I’ve nothing against mezzo sopranos. And certainly nothing against book trailers that read the whole books. That is a delight, every time.  For another delight, check out this interview conducted with Daniel Handler two years ago regarding the last Unfortunate Event.

We now turn our attention to Chicago, located not far from the land of my birth, and significantly windier.  There you will find two individuals who know how to have a good time.  The first is author/illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  When I give speeches and I touch upon viral marketing n’ such, I hold up Ms. Rosenthal as my example of brilliant low-budget marketing.  Now those of you in the Chicago area TONIGHT are in for a treat.  Ms. Rosenthal has an event planned this evening at 10:10 p.m.  I will let her explain more:

Considering the sheer popularity of the first two events, I’ve little doubt that #3 will be spectacular.  I envy you your attendance, I do.

The second individual in Chicago has an event coming up, but not this evening (thank goodness).  It is not every author that turns their book into outdoor dance/fighting events, but James Kennedy is one.  And October 16th there shall be an event to defy all other events.  This video explains more and shows the previous Dome of Doom, complete with dancing toddlers, strange costumes, and (of course) a live brass band.

Sometimes you need a little help with a Video Sunday.  That is when I turn to Children’s Illustration for inspiration.  Julie never disappoints.  Recently she located a series of videos starring British illustrator Lynne Chapman talking about how to illustrate a book.  See, here’s part one:

For part two you can simply go here.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

And for the off-topic video, even I am not immune to this.  How could I be?

Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

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. I love all of the trailers…but my favorite clip of the post is the “off-topic” one! The creative minds on “the Street” have mastered the art of parody over the years, and this is one of their best!

  2. Thanks, Betsy, for tipping everyone off for the “Order of Odd-Fish” costumed dance hoo-hah! I’m in good company with the rest of these videos. Maybe *too* good of company. I might be lowering the tone.

  3. DOME OF DOOM!!!! That was awesome! My youngest son is turning two and I think I just found the theme to his party.
    (James, kudos on your amazing collection of music. What was that last tune in your video?)

  4. @Dan Santat: I’m glad you liked the DOME OF DOOM! I think I’ve found my true calling – birthday party impresario.

    It’s a real treat to get props from you — the trailer for OH NO! is choice. Right down to the alteration of the beloved TOHO logo at the beginning.

    The last tune was “Kill Them All! KILL!” from the movie “KILL!” and it’s credited to Berto Pisano. I found it on one of those “Beat at Cinecitta” compilations — three volumes of soundtrack music from Italian B movies from the 60s and 70s. All 3 volumes are pretty good. For your delectation, the full song, along with gory clips from the movie:

  5. I love all of the trailers…but my favorite clip of the post is the “off-topic” one! The creative minds on “the Street” have mastered the art of parody over the years, and this is one of their best!