Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best of 2011: Our Favorite Book Trailers

Happy New Year! New Year is usually the time for looking forward, but first we are looking back on the year that is past. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about our favorite books of 2011. But before I identify our best books of 2011, we thought it might be nice to whet your appetite a bit!

Here are our favorite Book Trailers of 2011... Don't they make you want to read the book?!

Honorable Mentions:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

This quiet trailer, put together on a shoestring budget, perfectly complements the mood of the book.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Weird, quirky animated illustrations and an equally weird and quirky—and catchy!—song.

Blackout by John Rocco

Rocco's illustrations from the book are wonderfully vibrant, almost glowing, and we love how first person accounts of the blackout are intermingled with the artwork.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

The music and animated illustrations tie together beautifully to tell the story.

Before Ever After by Samantha Soto

Whimsical and charming!

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Gorgeous colors, an air of mystery, and music reminiscent (to me anyway!) of Harry Potter.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Beautiful and eerie...This trailer does a wonderful job of creating the same atmosphere and eliciting the same emotions that you feel reading the book.

Our Top Five:

#5. Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl is adorable—and even better animated!

#4. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

The animation is lovely, and the official Leisl & Po song—"A Train with Wings"—haunting.

#3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Princess Bride with a dark(er) side!

#2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I love the silent film allusions; this trailer beautifully echoes Morgenstern's gorgeous, atmospheric writing.

#1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Maggie Steifvater is one talented lady! She's an author, an artist, and a musician. She created this stop motion animated trailer with "several hundred frames, some cool paper, and a very manky paintbrush" and composed her own music!

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