January 15th, 2017 by Nancy
Book trailers are ingenious because readers find out a little bit about the book, but the trailer never gives away the ending. Sometimes, if a character’s “voice” is in the trailer, readers have a starting point for their imagination.
In my youth, eons ago before book trailers, I used to stare intensely at book covers hoping to find clues about how a character in the book would look, or what the setting would be like. If only they were moving photos, a la Harry Potter Wizarding World photographs — and now book trailers are kind of like that!
Check out some neat-o book trailers for interesting reads you may have missed recently (plus descriptions from the publisher):
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat
Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis — and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.
Heavily illustrated and embarrassingly honest, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up. With Abbie’s flair for the dramatic and natural tendency to freak out, middle school has never seemed so nerve-racking!
Like Magic by Elaine Vickers
For three 10-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big. Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada hopes she’ll stop feeling so alone if she finds the mother who left years ago. And Malia fears the arrival of her new baby sister will forever change the family she loves. When the girls each find a mysterious treasure box in their library and begin to fill the box with their own precious things, they start to feel less alone. But it’s up to Grace, Jada, and Malia to take the treasures and turn them into something more: true friendship.
A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table, #1) by Julie Leung
Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.
Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.
With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.
Dolphin Dreams by Catherine Hapka
Avery has just moved to Southern California with her mom after her parents’ divorce. She dreams of swimming with dolphins, but a near-drowning incident years ago has left her fearful of the ocean.
Maria longs for space and quiet among her big, loud family. She dreams of acceptance to a prestigious art program for her drawings of dolphins, but knows her parents think art is impractical.
Then a unique-looking dolphin leads the two girls to meet in a secluded cove. As Avery and Maria observe the dolphin and become friends, they push each other to overcome their fears. But their opposing backgrounds and personalities lead to a disagreement that threatens to tear their friendship apart. When it seems their special dolphin is in trouble, can they overcome their differences and help the dolphin — and each other — before it’s too late?
I hope these book trailers inspired you to read one of these books — me, I’m going to pick up a copy of Frazzled ASAP! Which book trailer was your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!
Nancy used to make lots of book trailers for Kidsmomo, but now she mainly leaves the movie making to the professionals. 🙂