Video Sunday: Earth Above Me, Drifting Falling
Since the death of the blog Book Trailer Park (sniff) I’ve missed having a centralized site where booktrailers can be collected and searched for. JacketFlap has now alleviated that concern. They’ve created a centralized Video site, where you can find and submit booktrailers for titles relating to children’s and YA literature. It’s a remarkably good idea, and one I wholly support. And for Video Sundays where I haven’t found a lot to link to, it may well become a godsend.
I run a homeschooler bookgroup and one of my kids is currently into The Last Apprentice series. She simply cannot get enough of them. I don’t remember who started her in on the books but she’s wholly entranced by Joseph Delaney’s writing. I shall have to show her this video next time she’s around then. It’s Mr. Delaney talking about the books, his own fears, and how he’s slowly becoming ambidextrous. And since this is the series I recommend when kids ask me for something "really scary" I’m grateful to find out that he’s scared of the dark too.
Thanks to the Greenwillow Fan Page on Facebook for the link. Oh, and for the record, I’m relatively amused by this fan video of the Last Apprentice books. Aw.
The most famous children’s librarian in America: Name him or her. We all have our guesses. A lot of the time a librarian writes a book or two and becomes famous for being an author. But if you were to think of a librarian famous for being a librarian, my vote would go to Nancy Pearl. What other librarian has had an action figure designed in her image? Seriously? And even better, Ms. Pearl has a regular television show of sorts that plays in Seattle. A lot of the time she interviews adult authors, but in one particular case she interviewed everyone’s favorite editorial director of :01 First Second Books, Mark Siegel. Some of you may be familiar with some of the books Mr. Siegel has illustrated, like Seadogs, Boogie Knights, and his wife’s magnificent autobiographical graphic novel To Dance. Here he talks with Ms. Pearl on a variety of different topics. Wonderful seeing his name out there. Thanks to Wagging Tales for the link.
You know, I’m sure that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong are nice enough blokes, but you see them around all the time. Not so much Michael Collins. Now Mr. Collins has actually blurbed a book (Moonshot by Brian Floca), and this trailer taps into my own love of the artist’s process. Check it out:
So, it’s not really children’s literature but at the same time it’s not not children’s literature if there’s nothing grotesque about it, right? Art Spiegelman’s been getting into a lot of children’s fare with his participation in the TOON Books scene. This book trailer, however, is definitely for a new adult work Be a Nose. Wish I could embed it. Thanks to Anna D. for the link.
And for those of you in the mood for looking at some saucy bookmaking vids, check this one out from Tara Books. It’s about how they make their handmade beauties. Mind you, I would prefer that the text on the videos be a touch larger, but we can’t have everything in this world.
Thanks to Wertzateria for the link.
Now this one is actually a book trailer for Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators, though you’d never know it from its short film underpinnings. A loving tribute to, of all things, Disney. I could live without the detriment done to Warner Brothers, but it certainly provides food for thought.
Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
As for your final, utterly random video of the week, I chose one that relates to my current residence. We all remember the heroic landing of an airplane into the Hudson River recently. Well someone has created accurate animation to match with the actual voice recordings taken from the crash. My husband points out that the crash actually took much longer than what you see here, but it’s still pretty impressive when you watch it.
Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link.
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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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