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Video Sunday: “He cried at the BEGINNING of Old Yeller”

It’s always wonderful when I run across a video that declares to me MAKE ME THE FIRST ONE IN THE VIDEO SUNDAY POST!  But when I heard that Shaun Tan has a new book coming out on what appears to be April 24th of this year called Rules of Summer, it was just a matter of time before I was able to track down this video. I heard its siren cry and I obeyed.

“Colored mud dragged across cloth.”  Brilliant.  This book looks like it’ll be the new Harris Burdick.  And seriously, when was the last time we had a Tan picture book?  If you’re at all interested you might want to see this other video with Mr. Tan talking about the book.

I love my parents.  I do.  I think they’re top notch, swell individuals.  But it’s hard not to watch this trailer for Tim Federle’s Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and not think about how great a pair of actors his parents are.

Swell.  Thanks to Curtis M. Wong at The Huffington Post for the link.

Now don’t look now but this next post’s a bit . . . well . . . silly.

Reminds me a bit of this, really.

So this next one involves you watching videos not here on my site but over on Facebook.  There are right now six finalists in the PLA 2014 Video Contest.  As they say, “With enough votes she can win a trip to the PLA conference in Indianapolis in March. If you’d like to vote, visit the PLA Facebook page below, scroll down to view Amy’s video, and “like” it by January 22.

I chose my favorite but I’ll leave it up to you to select your own.

For our off-topic video of the day, my sister sent this to me.  Somehow she knew that it would be my favorite thing ever.  I know 2014 has just begun, but this is my favorite video for the rest of the coming year.

I won’t confess to you how long it took me to figure out that someone had re-recorded this with Cookie Monster’s voice.  Tom Waits is a great guy but he does not sound like everyone favorite pastry-obsessed Muppet.  Not really.  Thanks to Kate 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. A new Shaun Tan book makes me very very happy!

  2. Great collection today! I plan to share some of these. Thanks.

  3. Loved this collection!

  4. The Rules of Summer is a beautiful book. I’ve been meaning to write a blog post on it. (I ordered a copy from Australia a month or two ago.) Harris Burdick is an interesting comparison: If Harris Burdick had a sustained narrative, then it would be closer to The Rules of Summer.