Video Sunday: Unexpected Amusements
I begin today with something original. Parents will sometimes attempt to have their books reviewed by their kids on blogs. It’s tough, though. On the one hand, if it’s written then you (the parent) are doing much of the work. And if it’s a video then your child’s face is plastered all over the known universe, and who wants that? This, I think, is the solution. The Talking Potatoes blog has already reviewed everything from The Secret Life of Walter Kitty to Knucklehead to Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Thanks to Jim Averbeck for the link.
Speaking of original, Jarrett Krosoczka has worked up a mighty tight little book trailer for his graphic novel Lunch Lady. Just a hint of a James Bond guitar at work there. Just go to the site and click on the word Video. Comes right up.
I’m in the strange position of having read the first of the Twilight books… then losing all interest, never read the rest. So my perception of the other books is based entirely on what I’ve heard over people say about them. With that in mind, I find this trailer pretty funny. That papercut bit is intentional humor, right?
Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.
Not long ago Tony DiTerlizzi challenged some fellow illustrator friends to set their pictures in the world of Spiderwick. This video show the piece created by James Gurney, probably best known to you as the fellow who wrote the Dinotopia books. It’s Spiderwick meets Dinotopia with a Niji water brush filled with Higgins Eternal ink (<— not a vampire reference… that’s actually what it’s called).
This sort of blows my little mind. Apparently it’s the first animated appearance of Wonder Woman on television. But she’s here as a librarian in an animated Brady Bunch show. One of those cases where the video is not funny when it wants to be and unexpectedly amusing (I love the belly flop she does off the cliff) when it doesn’t mean to be.
Thanks to American Libraries Direct for the link.
I got today’s last off-topic link from Philip Nel, but I believe that he found it via Neil Gaiman. Doesn’t really matter as it is brilliant. It’s 80s music reinterpreted as ragtime. Stick around for the final song. You can find the list of what he played in if you click for more info on the YouTube page.
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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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