I'm calling these videos Rapid Reviews. Here’s a video I made to introduce them.
If you want to have a go at making your own Rapid Review video about something you love reading, here are 10 tips to get you started.
1: “Rapid” means fast, so your video should be under 2 minutes long.
2: The video can be about any sort of reading material – fiction or non-fiction, a picture book, a novel, a comic, an annual, a joke book, a magazine – as long as it’s something you love reading and you think other children might enjoy.
3: Think about what you want to say and write it down before you record the video.
4: If you’re recording the video on an iPod, smartphone or tablet, make sure you hold the phone or tablet on its side so that the picture is wide like this …
5: START with a quick description of what the book is about. But if it’s a story, make sure you don’t give away the ending!
6: THEN tell us what makes YOU love this particular book? Think of two or three things that make it special and tell us about them. For example:
- If it’s a story, tell us something about your favourite character and why you like her or him.
- If the book is illustrated, show us a favourite picture and tell us why you like it.
- If it’s a non fiction book, tell us an interesting fact you found out by reading it.
- If it’s a joke book - tell us your favourite joke!
7: FINISH with a summary of why you love the book. For example:
- I love this book because it’s incredibly funny and made me laugh my head off.
- I love this book because it’s packed with surprising facts about an interesting subject.
- I love this book because it’s such an exciting story and I really cared about the characters.
- I love this book because it has beautiful pictures and the words are fun to read aloud.
8: Make sure you show the book cover in the video. Hold it up to camera while you're talking or use a close up.
9: Don’t worry about recording everything you want to say in one go. One of the great things about making a video is that you can cut out all the bits you get wrong. So if you make a mistake and say something wrong, just pause for a moment and then try saying it again, until you get it right. Then, when you’ve finished recording the video you can go back and cut out all the mistakes.
10: Remember you want other people to read this book. Enthusiasm is infectious – so make sure your enthusiasm for the book shows on the video!
Once you’ve made a video, there are a couple of ways to send it to me. You will probably need to ask a grown up to help you with this:
If you have a YouTube account:
Upload the video to your YouTube account. Make sure it’s saved as “public” in the video settings so that other people will be able to see it. Then email me a link to the video’s YouTube page.
If you don’t have a youtube account
If you’ve saved the video on your computer, smartphone or tablet and don’t have a YouTube account, you can send the video file to me at firstname.lastname@example.org using the free file transfer service at https://www.wetransfer.com. Make sure you fill in the sender address, so I know who the file is from, and the message box, to let me know that it's a Rapid Review video. If you're using a smartphone or tablet, you might need to save your video to your photo library before you can send it with WeTransfer.
And remember if you want to send me a written review, a sound recording, a photograph, picture or comic strip that shows how much you love a book, I’d love to have them on this site as well. So email them to me or send them by WeTransfer.