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Covering the Newbery (#44): Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull has already shown up ’round these parts, drawing comparisons to Dwight Schrute’s shirt as Unfortunate Cover #15. Today a gauntlet-shaped dust jacket has been thrown down as it is the next cover I must redo in my mildly fun attempt to re-jacket every Newbery-winning book. Here goes…

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1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by side:

Verdict: I’ve had my fair share of so-so attempts, but I feel like this one turned out pretty well.

Up next week: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

(Source image: “Tipico sol” http://flic.kr/p/9xx21A)

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. I’ve watched your re-make of the covers for a long time, and mostly I like your style, but haven’t commented, but this time I want to say I like this new cover very much. It looks great!

  2. I agree. This cover is fantastic. It would make me pick up the book for sure.