Video Sunday: She Vas Not Afraid of Mousies
After the success of his Werner Herzog Reads Curious George, Ryan Iverson returns with three new versions of the faux Werner reading and interpreting picture book classics. I debated which one of the three to include here today. Werner Herzog Reads Madeline is sublime (and has lead to today’s title) and Werner Herzog Reads Where’s Waldo brought back memories, but Werner Herzog Reads Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is by far the best of the three, to my mind. Many thanks to both Eric Carpenter and Marcus Ewert for the link!
Some of my best stuff is impossible to embed today. Ah well. First and foremost, my library system recently started up an all new sorting system. It’s pretty fun. Then they produced a kickin’ video to promote it. I find the music pretty amusing. I was boogying down in front of my computer as it played. Now Hollywood just needs to produce a library-themed action film called "The Sorter" and we’ll be good to go. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
I wish I could say that I had something to do with this but full credit must be paid to Maggie Idzikowski. Over at Mama Librarian she premiered this amazing little Animoto video which animates all 100 books on the Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll. I just love it. Sometimes the song lyrics pair up with the covers on the screen. Believe you me, this is worth watching.
This next video comes from the multi-talented James Priomos (highlighted over at Educating Alice, in case you’re curious about him). At first I thought that this was a book trailer. Instead I think it’s a cute little stand alone short. Still, this is how one SHOULD do a book trailer, if a book trailer you are committed to. It takes only a minute. Enjoy.
And now an actual book trailer that couldn’t be more different in tone than those of the above. Evocative, it’s a lovely use of ukelele, I must say. I present to you the trailer for Kathi Appelt’s newest, Keeper:
And now I’m having Picture Pages flashbacks. In a good way:
Speaking of folks who have animated for Sesame Street (Mo did, y’know), did you know that there was a contest out there for animators to win a chance to have their work shown on Sesame Street? Yup. It was called the Fourth Annual Aniboom Awards and folks had a year to submit their videos. It closed April 25th so no applying now, BUT you get to see the top ranked folks. The finalists will be announced May 10th and the grand prize winner May 17th. You could probably spend all day watching them. See a bunch of the top rated videos here.
Finally, I had a hard time deciding on an off-topic video this week since so many popped up in the course of my routine day-to-day life. However, this video was sent to me by Gregory K and as a longtime Star Wars fan (and child of the 80s), I had to give in to it.
Thanks for the link, Greg!
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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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