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Video Sunday: Wouldn’t “The Jazz Lovin’ Cows” Be a Great Picture Book Title?

When I saw the documentary Library of the Early Mind for the first time I couldn’t help but notice that while everyone did a nice job, Daniel Handler kinda stole the show.  His interview portions were very brief and always the funniest darn thing on the screen, the unfortunate side effect being that you kinda wanted to scrap the whole movie and just watch him instead.  Well put your movie scrapping mind on hold, because as luck would have it the good folks at LEM (as I call it . . . as of right now) have put together all the good Handler/Snickety bits for your viewing pleasure.  The catch is, of course, that it’ll cost you a buck fifty and you only get it for six hours.  So weigh that knowledge in your head.  Is this man worth $1.50?  Are you, sir?  ARE YOU!!!??

Ahem.  That was oddly emotional.

Moving on, stuff you don’t have to pay to see.  Like Charlie Chaplin!  Okay, not exaaactly Charlie, but fairly close.  Teacher Monica Edinger is the kind of woman you could only WISH taught your kids.  Or you, for that matter.  Recently she spent months with her kids teaching them about Charlie Chaplin.  Awe.  Some.  In the end the kids made their own original Charlie Chaplin film.  Her post about it is here and you can see some of it down below.  What does this have to do with children’s literature?  Let’s just say it’s all connected.

I’m sure that everyone in creation has already seen this, but since it was released near the holidays there’s an off-chance that a few of you have not yet seen The Hobbit trailer.  I found it interesting that it’s a Part One movie, but the trailer never mentions that fact.

See?  No dragon.  Hence the fact it’s just Part One.  Sheesh.

Now some good old-fashioned homemade videos by children’s book author/illustrators.  Trouble is, the Lechner boys have raised the bar a bit.  No fair knowing Flash, guys.  Now we’ll all have to learn it.

On the official trailer side of things, a couple folks caught my eye.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, for example, is an example of a relatively simple but effective trailer.  A good melding of booktalk and testimonials.

To be perfectly honest, sometimes the trailers I really love are the ones that do things a little differently.  The abrupt ending on this one actually made me laugh out loud, it was so out of the blue.  Now I’m a little reluctant to post this, if only because my poor little niece broke her leg ice skating two days ago.  Poor kiddo.  Happens to everyone.  But maybe this could be seen as a reassurance of sorts.

Note to Self: Have a Children’s Literary Salon on book trailers.

And for our off-topic video of the day, I think I’m gonna go with the jazz loving cows for this one.

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. Awww, Monica’s kids did a super job! And I am going to have to get my hands on Ivan. I’ve been hearing some really good things.