Betsy's Video Sundays at Fuse #8/SLJ frequently include trailers for books. Today is the first time where, after watching one, I then ordered the book before finishing up her post.
It's for David Small's new graphic novel memoir, Stitches: A Memoir. The author's voice, remembering childhood, and slowly teasing us with what the book is about -- trauma, secrets, lies, a throat stitched together with the silent promise that this will be a book about a life stitched together -- made me want to reach into the computer screen and pull out the book and start reading now.
Not only does the trailer work well as what it should do -- get someone to want to read the book -- but it does something else, also. Shows how pictures are often more valuable than words. I love the written word; but sometimes a story doesn't need words. Sometimes it's stronger without words, or with an interplay between text and picture. Personally, I also think that decoding pictures (whether it's in picture books, graphic novels, comic books, movies, or TV) is just as important a skill as decoding words.
Anyway. Click over to her post and watch the trailer.
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