I've been out of action for a little bit.
Today I am talking about book trailers.
But first, please go read this un-review of Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King, written by my friend Matthew MacNish.
If you have not yet read every book by A.S. King, you need to do so. And you will want to keep your copies, but since they are the kinds of books that make life better for all kinds of people, you would do well to share the awesomesauce and donate your copies to, say, a school library or even a computer lab's Underground Library.
(I realize that this is not subtle. People, I done run out of subtle.)
And, if you check out Matthew's blog today, you will see the cover of the sequel to The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith. It's called Passenger.
I showed my students the cover of Passenger today. There was an outcry when I said "This is the cover reveal" and they were indignant that I revealed a cover to a book that's not even out yet. The students made a few signs for Andrew and we exploded some stuff in the microwave in a show of enthusiasm.
I'm pretty sure it was enthusiasm. Since I left my iPod at school I couldn't email the pictures to Andrew or post them here.
And The Marbury Lens is checked out.Here is the book trailer:
You will notice that there is a high level of Creep and Disturb in the book trailer. That is because there is a high level of Creep and Disturb in the book.
There is a high factor of Creep and Disturb in life, too, if you have been paying any attention at all for however many years you have been alive.
Last week I ruffled feathers by showing the kids the book trailer for The Dust of 100 Dogs, which also happens to be by A.S. King.
It was checked out.
I was told that if I don't have the book available to be checked out, I shouldn't show them the book trailer.
They were not appeased that I have started a waiting list, and that I have written grants.
I have one student working on a book trailer right now. The other students will storyboard their book trailers this next quarter.
This is why we watch book trailers.
It is also part of the Revolution, which involves saving humanity by having people who haven't ruined the world gain tools for fixing the world by reading the Best Books Ever.
I also showed them the book trailer for Michael Grant's BZRK, which is, you guessed it, CHECKED OUT.