About a month ago (when I was too swamped to do anything about it), fellow Project Middle Grade Mayhem-er James Mihaley shared the awesome news that his middle grade book, You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please, was named a Best Book of 2013 by the Bank Street College of Education in NYC.

To help keep the momentum going, James and some rather well-connected friends (an editor on Matt Damon’s Elysium and a cameraman on Breaking Bad) created a six minute short film called Jimbot, The Movie.

I thought this was a funny and original way to promote a book. So did my students. They are currently working on a writing sample to impress James — an action scene about robots, aliens, or obnoxious siblings (their choice) — as part of a contest to win a copy of his book.

Please enjoy Jimbot, The Movie, and perhaps add You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please to your MG reading list! Or Project Mayhem to your blogging circuit.