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Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys

First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers you’ve seen.  What stood out?  Pay attention to those dates too.  I wanted to vote for the stop motion trailer for Linger but saw it was posted May not July 2010.  D’oh!

Now this wasn’t created for the 90-Second Newbery but the creators should submit it anyway.  It’s a silent film version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and it’s a delight to watch.

I particularly like the “dog”.

And now you guys have some serious luck.  Phil Nel and Julia Mickenberg (editors of Tales  for  Little  Rebels:  A  Collection  of  Radical  Children’s  Literature) recently spoke at the Children’s Literature Association’s annual conference held at Hollins University.  The topic?  Radical Children’s Literature Now! And best of all, the whole talk is online for your viewing pleasure.  How awesome is that?

Phil even provided the Bibliography of the talk on his blog.  What a fella!

Next up, Potted Potter.  It’s an abbreviated take on all seven Harry Potter books ala The Reduced Shakespeare Company.  I call it a hoot, but then I forgive a lot when it’s done with a British accent.

Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.

Actually Leila found another Potter related link of relative amusement.  This works because of the Ghostbusters shirt.  I love that such shirts are considered ironic hipsterwear these days.

Some of you have just tasted the delights of the annual SCBWI Conference in L.A.  To you I say, lucky ducks.  I’ll live vicariously through your blog updates and Twitter tweets, but also through your clever videos.  Lee Wind, for example, presents us with an SCBWI Conference Tip: Try not to piss off an Editor.  Particularly one who brought Harry Potter to our fair shores . . .

Thanks to Lee Wind for the link.

Finally, for our off-topic video this is a little promo for something called The Happy Film.  I don’t know much about it.  I just know I love these little moments with its title.  The duck is, however, my favorite part.

Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link.

*They’ll find a real name for it someday. Just you wait.

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. Thanks for the mention, Betsy! A revised and slightly expanded version of “Radical Children’s Literature Now!” will appear in The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.4 (Winter 2011). So, to those who are interested, look for it late this year or in early 2012.

  2. And, geez, I should also reiterate my thanks here. Appreciate you taking the time to answer our queries! (You’ll see yourself in the talk, starting at 26:50, where we quote you.) Thanks again!

  3. Just catching up, Betsy: As it happens, that “Graveyard Book” film WAS done for our 90-Second Newbery hoohah! The same group also did a fantastic “When You Reach Me.” You can see both here:

    Great work from Toronto! It looks like this film festival is really coming together!