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Thu, August 21st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Earth Space Moon Base
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

If you, or a reader you know, are in the mood for a scary/silly outer-space treat, look no further than today’s BTT for picture-book debut Earth Space Moon Base (Random). The bleepy-boingy soundtrack and effects are sure to cause giggles in children of all ages.


Thu, August 14th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: International Night
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In addition to writing about food, (and so many other subjects!), Mark Kurlansky has found the time, for the last few years, to plan and create weekly elaborate meals with his 13 year-old daughter, Talia. Their literal spin on the tradition is to prepare cuisine from the precise location Talia’s finger lands on a spun […]


Thu, August 7th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Like any good true-crime author, Jeff Cohen really gets into the mind of the perps in his shocking book-length exposé, Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! (Harper). Conveniently, the squeaky-voiced “criminals” are his own adorable daughters: Sadie, the elder and reported wielder of scissors, and Eva, owner/occupant of the curly blond locks that, […]


Thu, July 31st, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Rumble
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Ellen Hopkins, author of wildly popular novels in verse for teens, focuses in her latest, Rumble (Simon & Schuster), on faith and spirituality. The book’s dramatic trailer shows glimpes of the troubled protagonist and his brother’s suicide. Booklist reviewer Debbie Carton writes, “Hopkins’ novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and […]


Thu, July 24th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Meet Zakir; he loves books. He’s also five years old, and maybe likes penguins. His interview style is…refreshingly offbeat. That’s pretty much all I know about him, though I’d certainly like to learn more. Here he is talking to author Mira Jacob about her debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random).


Thu, July 17th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Travels with Casey
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Have you ever wondered, What is it about Americans and their dogs? Well, so did Benoit Denizet-Lewis–and he wrote a book about it. Out next week, Travels with Casey (Simon & Schuster) follows Denizet-Lewis and his dog on a four-month, cross-country journey to explore the close relationship between humans and dogs (and work on their […]


Thu, July 10th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: The Magician’s Land
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

More than a few special guests from the book world showed up for today’s trailer, and with good reason. The Magician’s Land (Viking), the final volume of Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy, proves the importance of magic and books, Michael Cart writes in his starred, high-demand review. (Former Booklister Ian Chipman was on to something, back […]


Thu, July 3rd, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterworlds
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Booklist reviewer Cindy Welch says Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds (Simon Pulse), today’s BTT, will have librarians grinning in delight, and not just because they can’t keep the book-within-a-book on shelves. Read Cindy’s starred, high-demand review to find out why, and watch and share the slick trailer, below.


Thu, June 26th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: Journey
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Heading to ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Let this trailer for Aaron Becker’s Journey (Candlewick Press), a 2014 Caldecott Honor title, see you on your way! (And, look for a Booklist review of Journey‘s sequel, Quest, next week–in the July issue and on Booklist Online.)


Thu, June 19th, 2014
Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

According to Booklist reviewer Kate Soto, Courtney Maum’s debut I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You (Touchstone) “deftly captures a thirtysomething’s sense of grief for the lost passion of youth.” The book’s trailer strikes me as capturing that very same mood; what do you think? Watch and decide.





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