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Cover Curiosity: Creepy Forest

If (nay, when) they create a children’s literature Hall of Fame, Creepy Forest will be one of the first inductees in the category of Settings, right after Farm and before School. Before I get out of hand with this, let’s take a look at the latest pair of separated-at-birth covers. A big thank you to Alison Eckes (and, looking back at her Little, Brown Spring Preview, A Fuse #8 Production) for the tip.

Our first cover…

And the second…

Side by side, please…

The black silhouettes, the branches, the title placement – similarities confirmed.

Any to add?

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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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. BHP* (circa 1996) I wrote a book on teaching fantasy literature. The cover is in this style and was first done in elegant black and white (a la Arthur Rackham and others of his time), but once they got wind of the association some made with fantasy literature and bad things they changed it to blue and white:

    *Before Harry Potter

  2. Guess it isn’t really a creepy forest though.

  3. Sam Bloom says:

    There was a picture book from a few years ago that had a similar cover as well… I can’t think of the title and it is driving me completely nuts. I can’t think of how to spell the author’s last name, either. Nick… Sherratt? Sharratt? I’ve tried to look it up with no luck. Anyway, now I just sound like an airhead. =)

  4. Good one — those two covers are very similar looking!

  5. Lana Krumwiede says:

    Kathleen O’dell’s upcoming book, The Aviary, has the green version of this cover. Check it out at goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9972821-the-aviary

  6. Sam Bloom says:

    I finally figured out my book, but it really isn’t all that creepy… just foggy. Oh well, for what it’s worth:

  7. Irasema Rosas says:

    I’m currently reading Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret and it also has the creepy forest cover. Not as similar as both covers you’ve shown but pretty close.

  8. Sally Nicholls’ Season of Secrets is my next read. While the cover is not meant to be creepy, we do have the eyes in the trees thing going on and I thought of your post: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Secrets-Sally-Nicholls/dp/054521825X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311764582&sr=1-3


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