Thursday, February 6, 2014

Children’s authors read reviews of their own books: the encore!

A month ago today, I posted videos of 53 kidlit authors/illustrators being good sports and reading aloud a particularly critical excerpt from a particularly harsh online review.

Those are episodes 1-3.

Turns out a lot of people agree that a bad review can equal a good laugh.

Thirty more authors have since enlisted in the cause.

Welcome to episodes 4-6.

All-new line-up! All-new beat downs!

(Disclaimer: We lurve kids, of course, but this is for teens and adults only.)

The cast (not in order of appearance, so that you will watch all three):

Kathi Appelt
David Lubar
Gene Barretta
Eric Luper
Michael Buckley
Maryann Macdonald
Shana Corey
Marissa Moss
Sharon Creech
Gae Polisner
Doreen Cronin
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Katie Davis
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Sue Fliess
Dan Santat
Liz Garton Scanlon
Tammi Sauer
Chris Grabenstein
Judy Schachner
Alan Katz
Andrew Smith
Laurie Keller
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
David Ezra Stein
Tara Lazar
Deborah Underwood
Loren Long
Emma Walton Hamilton

episode 4

episode 5

episode 6

“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” —Marie Osmond


Lauri Fortino said...

Kudos to all of the authors who were willing to read their awful reviews and poke fun at themselves (although I'm sure it still hurts). I review books on my blog, but tend to review only books I like. I guess I live by that old adage "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Meghan said...

It was great seeing authors being able to read their worst reviews and be alright with it. I'm sure it bothered them when they first read it, but they were able to get past that and poke fun. Sometimes it's hard for kids and adults to be critiqued in a negative way. Having them poke fun at it is a reminder that sometimes it happens. You learn from it or ignore it.