The charming characteristic of knowing how to laugh at one’s self is an attribute commonly affirmed, but perhaps never so well exemplified as in this week’s Book Trailer Thursday. In a series of delightfully quirky video fragments, author Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex expose the creative environment that shaped their most recent foray into metafiction: How This Book Was Made (Disney/Hyperion). Acknowledging a huge range of potential influences, from Adam’s pencils to the modern global economy, this video introduces the duo’s forthcoming picture book in a way that epitomizes what it means to laugh with, not at, a truly enjoyable pair. If you find yourself wanting more after the video’s 100 seconds are up, you can read about similar self-referential titles in Booklist editor Maggie Reagan’s featured article. If you are still yet unsatisfied, be sure to check out Lolly Gepson’s review of this witty release, linked above.