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Covering the Newbery (#23): Johnny Tremain

Another Monday, another Newbery-winning book gets a makeover. 23 down (…calculating…), many to go.

1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes; illustrated by Lynd Ward

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Justin Bieber haircut in the house!!!

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(Source image: “Playing War” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/5466884293/)

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. While I love your blog and follow it closely, I have to admit that I’m not a fan of changing book covers!

  2. Love this one. Can see it making kids (boys and girls) actually want to READ it. As opposed to the original with cubist cyborg Draco Malfoy Lord of Regretsy.

  3. Sam Bloom says:

    Hilarious! If only that kid could have done the whole Bieber/heart-shape thing with his hands, this would have been the best cover redo ever!

  4. This may be my favorite cover re-do yet. Sure, the kid looks a little Biebery, but the concept is great. Johnny Tremain is one of those books that never seems to get an appealing cover, no matter how many editions come out.


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