Book Trailers

Book Trailer Thursday: The Story of Diva and Flea

If you, like many, can’t wait for the October release of the Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi collaboration, The Story of Diva and Flea (Disney), here’s something to tide you over. For nine minutes, while they sit in a Northampton, Massachusetts bistrot, hear the two discuss their four-legged main characters, Parisian inspiration, and the hunt for […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Marvels

The publication of Brian Selznick’s The Marvels (Scholastic) this September will be a “red-letter literary event.” To boot, Sarah Hunter’s extended review leads me to believe that Selznick’s new illustrated middle-grade novel in the family that includes the much celebrated The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck could even be the best of all three. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

The narrator of today’s BTT, for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Viking), really throws down the gauntlet: Mabel’s adventures are almost certainly too exciting, thrilling and terrifying for us. We shouldn’t even watch the trailer. Do you accept this obvious challenge? “Along with adventurous typography and comically melodramatic line drawings, the narrative is festooned […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Book of Speculation

When I found this trailer for Erika Swyler’s The Book of Speculation (St. Martins), “mesmerizing” was the first word that came to mind. I like trailers that speak a language totally different from the book’s, as this one does. And the fact that I can’t figure out how this one was made, though I can […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Once in a Great City

In this brief video for his Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster), David Maraniss touches on one particular aspect of Detroit’s history—Motown. The book chronicles 18 months, in the early 1960s, of the author’s hometown. Booklist reviewer Vanessa Bush gave the book a starred review, saying “Maraniss captures Detroit just […]

Audiobook Trailer Thursday: Ms. Marvel

Here’s a format we haven’t covered at Book Trailer Thursday: the graphic audiobook. GraphicAudio promises to give listeners an action-packed listening experience, with sound effects and full-cast recordings. It’s interesting to have a trailer to share, too, because although the graphic element is of course what’s missing in an audiobook, this could bridge the gap for […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Happily Ali After

In the trailer for Ali Wentworth‘s second memoir, Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales (Harper), the author dishes out advice alongside tea and tiny cakes to an engaged audience—of three-year olds. Among her gems: “Menopause is so . . . horrible,” and “We don’t eat for love, right?” We can usually count on some […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Princess and the Pony

The fat, cross-eyed Pony that Princess Pinecone, the smallest warrior, received after she requested a steed to carry her into battle was not at all what she imagined—”But it was CA-YEWWW-IT!” In her starred review of The Princess and the Pony, Sarah Hunter assures readers that Beaton employs her unique style to achieve “maximum cuteness.” […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Thank You, Goodnight

In one of the more committed-to-the-form book trailers I’ve seen in a long time, protagonist Tommy Tremble of Adam Abramowitz’s Thank You, Goodnight (2015) is interviewed on a Wayne’s World–style TV show. (And the commitment doesn’t end there—Tommy’s fictional band has a real website!) Booklist editor-at-large Joanne Wilkinson calls this book a “very funny, deftly […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

The author-reads-to-a-group-of-kids trailer isn’t novel. B.J. Novak’s pictureless picture book trailer comes to mind, for starters. This trailer, however, for Jimmy Fallon’s picture book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada (Feiwel & Friends) out this month, does contain one surprise element. If you can spare 46 seconds to watch it, you’ll know what I’m talking […]