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Video Sunday: In Retrospect, I Probably Should Have Saved These for Halloween

Are you ready to be scared? Because I don’t know about you but I find this new adaptation of Peter Rabbit for the screen to be absolutely terrifying.

What’s rather remarkable is how they managed to avoid poop jokes. Normally awfully trailers are just rife with them. Now there is a distinct possibility that if this wasn’t Peter Rabbit it would be okay. Take that blue jacket off of him and all is well. I mean, the deer joke (for someone who lives in a part of the country where they’re fairly common) is spot on. But . . I mean . . . ugh.

Moving on, happier horror news. When Twilight was at its peak I could not, for the life of me, figure out why they didn’t republish Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover with a new beautiful jacket. Or, at the very least, film it. Knowing how slow the movie industry moves sometimes, maybe they were working on this all the time.  Of course, shouldn’t Sorry have white hair? Ah well.

Now this one’s straight up horror and NSFW really. If you take the IT trailer and combine it with The Cat in the Hat . . . you pretty much just end up with the IT trailer, honestly. But the image of the Cat’s machine at the end works pretty perfectly. NOT for kids, this one.

Okay. I have officially freaked myself out. We need to counter this with something nice.

Lemme see . . . something nice . . . something nice . . . aha! Harry Potter on Broadway is nice, don’t you think?

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You know what else is nice? The new trailer for Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. That’s nice.

Meanwhile a children’s librarian, Horn Book, and even Phil Nel’s book hit national news this week. It’s been quite the week.

Okay. Off-topic video to send us off on a high note. I am such a child, but this makes me giggle. Every. Single. Time.

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. Kathy Lasley says

    The librarian who rejected a gift of books lost a perfect opportunity to teach her students and families about helping others! She could have organized a partnership with students and families in underserved schools! Imagine the fun of a shared event giving away new books!!! What are we teaching our kids? So sad for a missed opportunity to help others.

  2. Changeover!!! Whoot! Think they’ll reprint the book?

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Nothing’s in the works according to Baker & Taylor. If they aren’t fools they (Simon & Schuster, I think) should get on that, stat.

  3. OK, the Maurice thing made me laugh. (Don’t tell anyone, but I married a former rave promoter.)

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Next time I make up a character in a book I’m making their occupation “Former Rave Promoter”.