Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: You’ll Grow Out of It

Comedian Jessi Klein’s collection of essays navigates the complexities of adulthood, womanhood, and stock shelves at Trader Joe’s (all right, that last one is a joke). The trailer reflects the humorous yet relatable nature of her work—which makes sense, given her experience as a lead writer for big hit comedies like Inside Amy Schumer. In this trailer, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A Child of Books

This Book Trailer Thursday, celebrate Booklist’s Wednesday Review of the Day—and the impact of imagination—by “sail[ing] across a sea of words” with Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. For this “sneak peek” of their upcoming homage to literature, A Child of Books (Candlewick)—out this September—prepare to navigate waves of words (Winston is known for his typography), […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly

Author the bestselling Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell has created another upbeat series about the awkwardness of  being an outcast in middle school, beginning with The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero (Aladdin). In the trailer, an enthusiastic narrator describes Max’s greatest dreams (becoming a superhero) and embarrassments (getting stuffed in his locker). Over a notebook paper background, a free […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Return

Since the release of Caldecott Honor-winner, Journey, in 2013, Aaron Becker has been dazzling readers with exquisitely detailed wordless picture books. In Return (Candlewick), the series finale, Becker’s “dauntless heroine” is back!—this time, with her father. Together, the two journey to the enchanted land of Journey and Quest to take on what Booklist reviewer, Jesse Karp, calls a most “insidious […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Storyteller

In today’s video, Evan Turk, author and illustrator of the Storyteller (Atheneum), shows us how he crafted his rich, ancient-yet-modern watercolors about a boy who saves his kingdom from dehydration. The process, which he learned in Morocco (where the story takes place), includes sponging indigo ink, painting with tea and sugar, and watching the colors transform over an […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Painting Pepette

What do you get when you blend buoyant pen-and-ink illustrations, Parisian accordion music, iconic twentieth-century artists, and an adorable rabbit? A ridiculously charming book trailer, of course! Watch as Josette Bobette—of 9 Rue Laffette—and bunny, Pepette, brave the bustling Montmartre of 1920s Paris to secure a most perfect portrait. A tale of one little girl […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Battlefield Earth

This summer, Galaxy Press is re-releasing a special, twenty-first century edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth in both print and audio. In the trailer, a riveting score ramps up the battle’s import while video game-like spaceships bomb a city. The result is very cinematic, which is especially fitting for an audiobook that includes sound effects, musical scores, and 67 actors playing 198 […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Thunder Boy Jr.

Ever considered changing your name? Thunder Boy Jr. has. Lots. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr.—known by many as “Big Thunder”—“Little Thunder” is determined to discover a name that not only suits him, but celebrates his many adventures (climbing a mountain, touching a wild orca, and powwow dancing, to name just a few). […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Sea Change

For this week’s BTT, we’re taking a look at Sea Change (TOON), a middle-grade novel written and illustrated by Frank Viva. Eliot resents his parents for sending him to Nova Scotia for summer break. Although he barely tolerates his uncle’s rural lifestyle, he enjoys hanging with the local kids—especially Mary Beth. The child narrator in the trailer reinforces the novel’s diary-like tone, and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Ecliptic

While not technically a mystery (sorry, Mystery Month!), Benjamin Wood’s latest novel, The Ecliptic (released May 3rd), does feature a “mysterious island.” And the trailer, complete with howling winds, churning waves, and more than a few shadowy figures, will no doubt leave you hankering for more. Portmantle, a remote retreat somewhere off the Turkish coast, offers struggling […]

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