Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: Du Iz Tak?

Be warned: today’s video is no book trailer! It is, rather, a brief interview with author/illustrator extraordinaire Carson Ellis. To promote the release of her latest picture book, Du Iz Tak? (Candlewick), Ellis taks, er, talks early artistic memories, great advice she’s received, and the creation of a wonderfully nonsensical language. A glimpse into the lives […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Hamstersaurus Rex

Corporate satire and body-building hamsters dominate this week’s Book Trailer Thursday. In Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell, a beloved classroom hamster overdoses on protein supplements and flies the coop, leaving awkward sixth-grader Sam Gibbs determined to find the cherished vermin. As John Peters explains in his Booklist review, “few could ever match aptly named Hamstersaurus Rex for loyalty and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: They All Saw a Cat

In this captivating take on perspective, author/illustrator Wenzel explores how a variety of different creatures perceive one brown house cat. To the dog, the cat looks lanky and jagged. To the child, the cat appears snuggly and soft. And to the fish, the cat is but two big bleary eyes. How will you see the cat? […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: I AM A STORY

This week’s BTT celebrates the power of storytelling, particularly its ability to unite people from various eras and backgrounds. As inspirational, cinematic music plays, narrators of all ages briefly summarize the history of storytelling, be it oral, visual, or written. Colorful two-dimensional drawings illustrate these traditions, ranging from cavemen paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphics to censorship and e-readers. This adorable video shows how […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Born to Run

On Tuesday, rock legend Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, Born to Run (Simon & Schuster), which June Sawyer lauds in her starred Booklist review: “Through the magic of his songs, and now the wizardry of his prose, Springsteen has healed many a heart by reimagining moments from his own life.” In the video above, Springsteen describes the origins of […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Tasa’s Song

Inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in eastern Poland during World War II, Linda Kass’s debut novel, Tasa’s Song (She Writes), follows the plight of Tasa and her Jewish family as they seek shelter in a friend’s underground bunker. For Tasa, recollections of “the sound and feel of her beloved violin” instill hope. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Wonder

Famous for Room, as well as its Oscar-nominated film adaptation, Donoghue continues to display her mastery of suspense, this time in 1859 Ireland. Lib Wright, a nurse, watches over Anna, an 11-year-old who supposedly hasn’t eaten in four months. Since Anna doesn’t seem emaciated, Lib questions what the rest of the pious town deems a religious miracle and—as the trailer suggests—uncovers […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: We Found a Hat

The third of Klassen’s hat-related romps, We Found a Hat (Candlewick) homes in on the dusky desert, two turtles, and one particularly flattering cowboy hat. Sure, the trailer—aptly accompanied by Burl Ives’ rendition of “Home on the Range”—is streaked with stars, cacti, and delightfully deadpan humor, but, like the book, it’s also laced with just […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Quit Calling Me a Monster!

Although most will admit that a fuzzy beast with horns, fangs, claws, and crazy eyes might sound pretty ferocious, this week’s Book Trailer Thursday focuses on a character that’s far from monstrous. In fact, he would prefer if you could refrain from that particular modifier. This sensitive purple creature is Floyd Peterson, and he’s the star of Jory John […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Do not be deceived: despite this video’s noncommittal charm, you definitely need to get your hands on a copy of Amy Schumer’s most recent success, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery). As soon as possible. Since we don’t know anything about Schumer’s bank account (inferences aside, of course—fame pays, as they say), our heartfelt recommendation of […]

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