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Covering the Newbery (#3): The Dark Frigate

I will go to long lengths for kicks. Case in point: I’m redesigning the cover of every Newbery winning book, starting in 1922 and working my way up to today. I’ll post the results on Mondays. Click here to read my self-imposed rules for the project.

Let’s see how things turn out today…

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

Original cover:


Side by side:

Verdict: The new cover is certainly very dark, and very frigate-y. What do you think?

Read previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: ‘Ghost sHip’

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Mari says:

    Oooh…I like it!

  2. Bridget says:

    Can I just say how much I love this project…and how totally talented you are at cover designs? Can’t wait to see next Monday’s.

  3. Mark says:

    Not to diminish the excellence of your cover (it’s awesome), but could there have been a worse original cover?!

  4. Jet says:

    Frigg’n awesome, Matey!

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