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Video Sunday: Hullo?

Julie Fortenberry, I kiss your tiny feet.  I’ve known for years that Shaun Tan had been transferring his efforts from books to filmmaking, but I’d not seen the fruits of his or anyone else’s labor.  Now we have a trailer for his remarkable The Lost Thing.  My sole regret is that there is nowhere for me to watch it in full as of yet.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link!

This next video does a darn decent job of explaining how a real world Quidditch game actually works.  It also clarifies some details for me that I was a bit foggy on.  Like Travis, I apologize for the ad at the beginning.

Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link!

I do a regular Storytime Suggestion series on this blog where I read aloud a good book for a toddler or preschooler storytime.  Someone once asked if this was a copyright violation, and I don’t think that it is.  If it were, wouldn’t this absolutely adorable video for the Vivian Schwartz book There Are Cats in this Book be in trouble?   Instead, it’s charm incarnate.

There’s not a day goes by when I don’t regret not reviewing that book.

You may not have heard but recently Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer got married . . . after a fashion.  Not official, mind you, but cute just the same.  Warning: May contain statue snogging.

And of course, the most fun you’ll have all day.

Thanks (yet again) to 100 Scope Notes for the link.

And for our final off-topic video, I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a big time Color Me Katie fan.  So the fact that she’s in an awesome stop-animation music video?  Sublime.  I’m particularly fond of the flying part (note that she’s better at it than he is).

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. Chance for amends/redemption: “There Are NO Cats in This Book” – it’s the sequel, released Sept 2010…
    (I too love the first one dearly. Still need to get my hands on the follow-up…)

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      The thought did occur. I dunno. Might be too little too late. I go back and forth on it. You should definitely get your hands on it, though. Cute doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  2. Vivian Schwartz was the performer in that video, and as she is the copyright holder, it wouldn’t be a copyright violation for her to make that video available, provided she hadn’t licensed the video rights to another entity. Oh, and thanks for the link, it truly was adorable! I do love that book.