Dave Coverly has illustrated a new children’s book entitled The Very Inappropriate Word. It was written by Jim Tobin, and concerns a young word-lover named Michael who discovers a word he’s never heard one day at school. Unfortunately, it’s not a very appropriate word. His adventure with the word reaches a beautiful ending when he’s introduced to the Library and its boundless bounty of words, many of them easy substitutes for that inappropriate one. It’s a great book for youngsters!
I was very honored to supply the music and narration for Dave’s illustrations and Andy Collins‘ remarkable animation in the book trailer below. I hope you’ll enjoy it! And certainly, if you know any writers looking for custom music for their book trailers, please send them my way…I love doing this sort of thing!
This month has really gotten away from me. Not that most of them don’t (Time: what a concept), but as much spinning of the wheels as there’s been, there’s also been some forward motion. Let me tell you first about this month’s song….
Tinkle, Winkle, Pobble & Bip is a 30-second theme song exercise for a children’s TV show in much the same vein as The Teletubbies. Four strange little creatures with funny-sounding names getting into all kinds of psychedelic adventures – what could be better than that? Obviously it’s geared toward a younger audience, but if you’re feeling a little silly it might hit the spot. (more…)
If I had to choose, I’d say that my favorite Harry Crews book is probably A Feast of Snakes (though that Gypsy’s Curse story from the Classic Crews collection ranks about as high as anything). Grotesque more often than not, his tales expose the slithering underbelly of rural Southern culture in sharp contrast to those of greats such as Capote and O’Connor. It can be vile and depraved, but it’s sure good for your eyes. (more…)
This entry’s mp3 was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Jeff Booth and I recorded this version of the song at his studio for the LittleWalks New York children’s video, and I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep it up here but I thought it would be nice to make it available at least for a listen. (more…)