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Video Sunday: “Everyone agreed he was right to kill the publisher . . .”

Yep.  Your eyes do no deceive you.  You are looking at The World Premier of the book trailer for Mac Barnett and Adam Rex’s latest, greatest (yes, greatest) picture book collaboration.  For one day and one day only I get to be the first person to show this little vid.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled.  And I have a copy of Chloe and the Lion, the book in question, here in my hot little fist (which requires me to type with only my left hand and my tongue, but it’s cool).  The sole flaw with this book is the fact that when I start plugging away at my 2012 reviews, I don’t like to do the same author too often.  And yet already Mac Barnett is doing this book with Hyperion and the fantastic Extra Yarn with illustrator Jon Klassen and Harper Collins.  Which to review?  These are conundrums I like to face.

The holidays are near upon us and so, to celebrate, Chronicle Books has won the Best Happy Holidays Video of 2011.  Seriously, if you know of another publisher that has done better, I’d like to hear about it, because this is . . . well . . . pretty much this is what you’d expect from Chronicle.

So today was a pretty paltry video week for me.  Whenever that happens I get down on all fours and crawl on over to a selection of various blogs that I can usually count on to deliver the goods.  The best of these, of course, is Mr. Schu’s Watch. Connect. Read. That man knows how to find good videos and this week he featured one that I’d not caught before.  It’s Hervé Tullet, the Prince of Preschool Books, conducting a class visit.  Or, to put it another way, WARNING: CONTAINS ADORABLE FRENCH CHILDREN.

Of course now that I know how well the man speaks English I want to find a way to lure him to NYC to get him to do a program.  *taps fingertips together ala Mr. Burns*

This next video would have been included in one of Mr. James Kennedy’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festivals except that it was turned in a hair too late.  Great stuff anyway.  In it you can see a bunch of kids at 826CHI predicting the Newbery winners for the next ten years.

Orbit and Random has my vote.

And finally, for our off-topic delight, this goes out to all the authors who have ever received a rejection letter of any sort.  Though I don’t know if you’d necessarily want Bernard Black as your spokesperson.

Thanks to Tina Wexler for reminding me about this one.

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. This is the first week in a long time I’ve actually had time to watch the Video Sunday videos, and they do not disappoint. Thanks!

  2. Kristi Hazelrigg says

    That Barnett/Rex video is perfect. “A haiku.” Genius.