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Video Sunday: Less orange

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 how that word appears on the first page.  With that in mind, I think I’ve a real appreciation for this video.  It was made in conjunction with James Kennedy’s 90 Second Newbery contest by incipient young adult author Lynne Kelly.  Clearly she has read the material.  A pity these computer programs can’t do French accents though, eh?  Thanks to James for the link!

Book trailer time.  One of the most talking about picture books of the season has to be Herve Tullet’s remarkable Press Here from Chronicle Press.  I’m itching to get my hands on this one.  After this preview of it, you may be too.

As a former resident of Portland, Oregon, I remember being rather struck with how lovely their libraries were.  Recently I saw the video about how the dream of the 90s is alive in Portland, and that was cute (not to say, accurate).  This video from the same show displays beautifully how lousy libraries are for games of hide and seek.

Thanks to Eric Carpenter for the link.

Alan Moore, arguably the greatest graphic novel writer living today, throws his support behind libraries 100% in this strange looking but ultimately touching video shot on Britain’s Save Our Library Day.

My but he’s captivating.  Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

And speaking of captivating, earlier this week 100 Scope Notes found what can only be described as the most beautiful combination of books (pop-up books, no less) and filmmaking.  See for yourself.

Wow.  Thanks to Travis for the link.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never been to Cambridge, Mass.  Heck, I wouldn’t even know where to go if I went there.  Yet thanks to this video I saw over at bookshelves of doom, at least I know a good bookstore to locate.

It’s the music that really does it for me.  I don’t where they got it, but it’s gold.

For our final off-topic video, there are times when I try to explain to my friends how interesting I find subcultures.  Sometimes I’ll say, “I could walk down the street past the world’s greatest professional kite flyer and I’d never realize it.”  Well, another way of saying that might be that I could walk past the world’s greatest champion of free flight and not know it.  Check out this enchanting documentary trailer.  Now there’s an obsession I can get behind.

Thanks to Swiss Miss 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. Took me a while to realize why I knew that final song from the FLOAT trailer. It’s a string quartet arrangement of “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips. Takes me back …

  2. HBTV!! LOVE it! And the flying machines – wow. So, so lovely. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 e

  3. Thanks for putting up the “Higher Power of Lucky” 90-Second Newbery, Betsy!

    According to its maker (Lynne Kelly) she even got a nice complimentary email from Susan Patron.

  4. As a Portland gal, I have to thank you for the Portlandia (where all the hot women wear glasses) shout-out! I’m waiting eagerly for Colin Maloy’s (Decemberists) new novel set in an alternative-Portland.