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Covering the Newbery (#22): Adam of the Road

In my quest to give every Newbery-winning book a new cover, I hit books that could really use an update (*cough* Invincible Louisa *cough*) and others that really have a good thing going. Today is the latter, with a nice cover illustration by Robert Lawson (he who illustrated Ferdinand the Bull, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Caldecott-winning They Were Strong and Good, as well as author of many books including Newbery winner Rabbit Hill). But redo it I must, so let’s get to it.

1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray; illustrated by Robert Lawson

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Lawson’s the man. Your thoughts?

Click here to read previous Covering the Newbery posts

(Source image: “Walkin’ Green” http://www.flickr.com/photos/buriednexttoyou/3987267891/in/photostream/)

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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.