Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Links: The Beauty of Human Collaboration

I saw the above clip today with Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and thought it was perfect to illustrate what happens when a writer and an author add their distinct interpretations to a story. Bear Hunt is a classic I've read to my children, not quite 2500 times, but pretty close. Okay, not that close. Anyway, it's fun and educational to learn the story behind the story.

The video below shows one of my favorite illustrators (who has also authored his own stories), Chris Riddell. He and Paul Stewart have collaborated on a number of fantasy books for children. It's a great overview of what happens when art and words, and the people who craft them, work together.

And the final video, well it's a life insurance ad from Thailand. I'm not sure how effective it is as an ad--I guess if it were a Kleenex tissues ad--but it's quite a glorious message so don't let the advertising deter you. The video has nothing to do with writing, per se, but it is about the human experience which is what we, as writers, seek to unfold.

Have a great weekend.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing these videos, Johnell! I really hope to be able to collaborate on a project one day!

  2. The collaboration between author and illustrator is amazing!

    1. I'm realizing that the more I get into this. Amazing.

  3. Oh, that life insurance commercial was so touching! When I saw the little girl standing in a school outfit- tears! =)

  4. Gosh, I got teary when I watched that Thai commercial. Thanks so much for posting this!