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Video Sunday: “We envision it as Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy.”

Yesterday you may have seen that I featured a Jon Klassen book of unparalleled beauty. After some prodding about on the series of tubes we call the internet I discovered that there are some small animations of his online. This is one of the coolest so many thanks to Viviane Schwartz for the link!

I live in New York. Anytime a book comes out that takes place here I make special note of it. Yet it wasn’t until Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured this book trailer on her site that I’d even heard of it. And what a good idea it is! I’m surprised no one else thought to go for the 2003 blackout as a topic for a picture book before.

This next video is the first interview with pop-up book artist David Carter I’ve ever seen. It’s a year old so the exhibit he mentions has long since gone, but this is a pretty nice look at his dot series.

For the record, I periodically get folks who email me from my old review of Blue 2, desperate to find some of those twos. I blame the kids who told David that One Red Dot was too easy.

I may have mentioned the LEGO lions recently commissioned by the library the other day. This video gives you a far better scope of the project, though.

And for our final off-topic vid, I’m a big fan of faux movie trailers. Particularly when they’re based on board games. Of course this happens from time to time in the real world. Just the other day there was discussion of an upcoming Candyland movie with what must be the best/worse tagline of all time: “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy.” I’m near tears, that’s so beautifully awful.

In any case, here’s one of my new favorite fauxs. I still harbor my greatest affection for Tetris: The Movie, but this makes for a good rival.

Thanks to The Scop 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. The Eye for Annai is a hilarious video – I saw it some time ago and everyone in my family loves it, esp my kids. It is one of those I’m asked to play over and over for them.

  2. Blackout has been a book that has jumped on and off my to-buy list for months. That trailer put it back on for good. I’m working on book lists for each decade of the last century. For a centinnial reading challage we are doing at my school next year. Blackout will help in two weak areas. Picture books and books about the 2000 to 2010 decade. Now if you could find some for the 1980 and 1990, I would much appricate it.

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Boy, that’s a good question. 1980-1990? Unfortunately The Man Who Walked Between the Towers was in the 70s, yes? Durn. I shall have to ponder. Let us know if you ever post these lists! They sound fantastic.

  3. You can give this links a try.

    Of course it will only reflect books that we now have in our collection. I’ve been thinking about dusting off the ol bog and asking for suggestion. Iconic moment in the past three decade have been the hardest to come by. Actully the 2000s, with Katrina, pluto, and the Iraq war has made a bigger mark than the 80s and 90s.

    I put THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS in both the 70s and 00s. I have not found any other fiction as of yet that hits 9-11.

    (If the link doesn’t work I can get further directions. Sometimes our intrenal links within our district can be nutty.)

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Do you mean fiction set on 9/11? Because I was very fond of Jeanne Winter’s September Roses (a too little remembered book). Or Carman Agra Deedy’s 14 Cows for America, for that matter. Katrina would have to go to Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson. But yeah, I can’t think of any Berlin Wall picture books (except the Peter Sis, obviously) or other big moments in the 80s and 90s.

      Thanks for the link!

  4. I didn’t think of 14 COWS – going right on the list. Thanks, I will look for the Winter book. This year’s SECOND FIDDLE is a fun Berlin Wall additon. In fact I’m just all over grateful for Roseanne Parry, as HEART OF A SHEPARD helps out the Iraq War. I wasn’t sure where to put the Sis book. The problem I’m having with biographies is that they tend to span too many decades, otherwise it would be a very sad life.

  5. Karen Gray Ruelle says

    14 Cows for America is fantastic.