Moonrise Kingdom Thursday, Jul 19 2012 

Moonrise Kingdom is a period piece filmed in RI and directed by Wes Anderson. It is currently playing in selected theaters. Here’s the trailer:

What is interesting to Raven-ous, besides the Rhode Island connection, is the books that were created for the movie. There are six books that one of the main characters periodically reads from during the film. The book cover artists were asked to work with animators to create a short film for each of the titles.  They can be viewed here.  Rather elaborate movie props, don’t you think?

Thanks to the Fine Books blog

CDZA: Interpretive Music Videos Thursday, Jul 12 2012 

CDZA creates incredibly clever music videos like this:

and this:

The videos are an interesting mix of talent, pop culture, history, and fun. For more on the collective cadenza check out this Fast Company article. Well done!

19th Century Children’s Books Friday, Jul 6 2012 

This is one of  Lighthouse Books Rare Book Moments done by Michael Slicker. It’s a little hokey, very folksy, but he provides good information.

The Athenaeum’s Old Juvenile collection has many of the authors he mentions. We have numerous titles from Jacob Abbott’s Rollo series and books by Randolph Caldecott, the illustrator for whom the Caldecott Awards are named.

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