Book Trailer: The Tale of Despereaux

May 4th, 2010 by

This book trailer for The Tale of Despereaux was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Royalty theme. For more on The Tale of Despereaux, check out our “Royal Flush” podcast.

What happens when a rodent crashes a royal banquet? Trouble, that’s what. Just see for yourself in our video for The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo!

Book Trailer: Rascal

April 20th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Rascal was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Author Memoirs theme. For more on Rascal, check out our “Author! Author!” podcast.

Dog may be man’s best friend, but one beloved author spent his childhood with a very different animal companion: a raccoon! In Rascal by Sterling North, the two pals go fishing, celebrate Christmas, and even compete in a pie-eating contest together. Don’t believe it? Just watch our video!

Book Trailer: Alex Rider

April 6th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Alex Rider series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Titles with Boys’ Names theme. For more on Alex Rider, check out our “What’s In a Name?” podcast.

Meet Alex Rider. In this series by Anthony Horowitz, he’s a regular old kid being raised by his uncle — and then one day his uncle is murdered. Why? Well, it turns out he’s a spy for the government, and he knew more than his enemies wanted him to. And not only that, now the government wants this regular old kid to fill his uncle’s shoes and go undercover.

Facing a series of dangerous missions as a 14-year-old? It’s no wonder our hero has a whole series named after him! Watch our video for a briefing on the schoolboy-turned-spy.

Book Trailer: Ella Enchanted

March 23rd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Ella Enchanted was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Girl Power theme. For more on Ella Enchanted, check out our “You Go, Girl!” podcast.

Yeah, having to follow your parents’ rules can definitely be annoying sometimes, but it could be worse — you could be like the heroine in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Because of a magic spell, she’s forced to do anything that anyone tells her to, even if it means hurting herself or the people she loves. Rough…

Luckily, our heroine has enough spunk, strength, and sheer Girl Power to overcome the odds — like, say, when she meets a few ogres. Watch our video to see how she gets out of that predicament!

Book Trailer: Bone

March 9th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the Bone series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Graphic Novels theme. For more on the Bone series, check out our “Pretty as a Picture” podcast.

Believe it or not, Jeff Smith dreamed up his three main characters for the Bone series when he was in kindergarten! It took quite a few more years before the rest of the world could meet them, but now anyone can see their adventures in the published graphic novels — and sometime in the future, movie-goers will hang out with them in theaters too. In the meantime, check out our video introduction to this trio of unlikely heroes.

Book Trailer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

February 23rd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Food theme. For more on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, check out our “Get In My Belly” podcast.

Are you constantly craving dessert? Do you have a sweet tooth? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of… SUGAR? Then chances are, you’ve already devoured Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. But you’ve never seen it like this — re-imagined as a television infomercial!

Book Trailer: Stargirl

February 9th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Stargirl was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Romance theme. For more on Stargirl, check out our “Love Is All You Need” podcast.

Imagine you’re just a regular high school guy, going about your normal life. And then one day, a new girl shows up at school. She dresses strange, she plays the ukulele, she serenades people in the cafeteria — and she’s crushing on you. Welcome to Leo’s experience in Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

Book Trailer: S.O.R. Losers

February 2nd, 2010 by

This book trailer for S.O.R. Losers was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Sports theme. For more on S.O.R. Losers, check out our “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!” podcast.

What happens when you take a group of kids who hate sports, and you force them to play soccer against actual teams from other schools? Disaster, that’s what.

Watch the video for Avi’s S.O.R. Losers to see how their first game unfolds…

Book Trailer: A Wrinkle in Time

January 26th, 2010 by

This book trailer for A Wrinkle in Time was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Time Travel theme. For more on A Wrinkle in Time, check out our “Time After Time” podcast.

Imagine this is your life: you always feel out of place at school, your little brother gets picked on all the time, and your father has been missing for years. If you were suddenly offered the opportunity to find your dad, you’d probably jump at the chance, right? But what if you had to travel through time and space to get to him? And what if that kind of transportation wasn’t exactly… comfortable?

That’s exactly the situation for the main character in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Watch the video to see her experience hurtling through time and space…

Book Trailer: Bunnicula

January 19th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Bunnicula was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Unusual Animals theme. For more on Bunnicula, check out our “Rabbits and Crickets and Owls – Oh My!” podcast.

What could be sweeter than an adorable little rabbit? Look at the Easter Bunny and Little Cottontail, right? At least, that’s what the family thinks in Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. But when they adopt an abandoned rabbit, it soon becomes clear that this unusual animal was never the type to hop down the Bunny Trail…

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