Curious City has found book trailers to be an incredible tool for telling a book’s story to online communities. With a well written script, professional narration, a series of carefully chosen images, and the pizazz (and patience) of production, a book trailer can speak more strongly than a book review.
View some of our latest book trailers below. Additionally, read our blog posts about the creation of our Book Trailers.
In which we visit a biker gang rally and talk kidlit…
To support the Lisa Jahn-Clough’s searing young adult novel, Nothing But Blue we did a photo shoot symbolizing the character’s epic walk through the Northeast to the Maine shore and wove it with Blue’s voice and the voices in her head.
To support the picture book Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle by Mary Newell DePalma, we chose to not to tell what the book was about, but to show how readers would interact with the quite silly and engaging pages.
For Mercy: The Last New England Vampire we selected a young actress to play Hayley and her ancester Mercy that comes for her across the centuries…
The project for the book Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading by Tommy Greenwald (Roaring Brook Press) is more of a PSA than book trailer. (In fact, Tommy already produced a hilarious trailer for the book here.) Knowing that Tommy’s audiobook was being produced by the fab folks at Brilliance Audio using the oh-so talented narrator MacLeod Andrews to voice the character, I pitched Brilliance a co-produced YouTube that promo’ed the book, the audio, and served as a summer promotion for libraries. Tommy and I wrote the script, I story boarded it with the illustrations from the book by J.P. Coovert, and Brilliance produced the sound. This was the satisfying result…
It was a joy to capture the playfulness and humor of Kathleen T. Pelley’s, Raj the Bookstore Tiger (Charlesbridge). The script, a salute to the power of words and books and those that purvey them, came in on cat feet. Katherine Davis voiced the script with an unexpected (and welcomed) puckishness and Bill Dufris scrubbed, polished, and set music to Katherine’s narration. Charlesbridge kindly delivered Paige Keiser’s illustrations which laid down as sweetly as cupcakes on a peckish afternoon. A fine team effort for a fine picture book.
To recreate the feel of the picture book She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story, we brought in actor and narrator, Dion Graham. We knew Dion’s work from his Odyssey honored narration of the Negro Leagues book, We Are the Ship. Our sound producer, William Dufris wove jazz through Dion’s narration and hit ques in the script with baseball sound effects. Harpercollins delivered the art originals giving the trailer the full richness of Don Tate’s bold illustrations.
For Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s picture book Quackenstein Hatches a Family elements of the book. We prepared the script and brought in the hilarious voice actor and audio producer, William Dufris to create the radio drama element. We then returned to a slightly serious tone with a tribute to zoos and zookeepers for protecting endangered animals by making all sorts of ‘mismatched’ families.
For Kathleen T. Pelley’s picture book, Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer we wanted to capture the Victorian playfulness of the book (cue the background music) while delivering one particular serious message from the book –that we may over-quantify our lives and those of our children.