Video Sunday: Bird, Beck, and Book Tours
I was sent Nick of Time by Ted Bell to look at. Sure I was. A lot of people were. And while it didn’t interest me particularly I bore it no ill will. Recently its author went on Glenn Beck’s show, which allowed the two of them to do what non-readers of age ranges beyond their own love to do… mainly trash contemporary literature they’re unfamiliar with. The actual need for boys to always rescue girls aside, this is a game played by anyone who stumbles into a field they don’t know very well. You waltz into a bookstore, look at a selection of books, then proceed to make sweeping generalizations about it on national television. Fun! Take an earful.
As per usual, Colleen Mondor’s response is the most thoughtful. She even comes up with lists of books that fill this (according to Beck n’ Bell) gaping need. And Galleycat pointed out that Beck also happens to be a fan of Meyer’s Twilight series, a fact that does not surprise me at all. After all, it’s the boy-rescues-girl model he so dearly loves. Oog.
Sometimes I will wander randomly through Central Park and stumble on new places unexpectedly. One such ramble revealed this adorable Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. There’s a cool video of it here that discusses the history of the building and the shows themselves. Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
Poppets on a Book Tour is an oddly lovely little thing. I was just pleased to see the appearance of Krazy Kat and Ignatz. Coraline gets quite the attention too (though there are other books I’d advise people to physically enter first). Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.
Jim Averbeck is a picture book author and a newbie blogger. In his first post he explains by he named his blog Year Without Fear, and then proceeds to jump off a cliff. My stock of videos in which writers leap from high places is surprisingly low, so I’ll link to it here. Enjoy!
And finally, I had a better quality version of this video all saved and ready to go until lost it entirely and had to go scrambling. Here then is a scratchy YouTube video of 74-year-old Carroll Spinney who plays Big Bird. Always has. One of these days he’ll have to pass on the torch, but until then I find it comforting that the same guy has done it since the beginning. Good video too.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy 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.
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