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Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Brown usually has a tough go of it in terms of shelf appeal, but I think this one turned out fun.

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Up next week: The High King by Lloyd Alexander

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. Mixed up Files is the oldest Newbery Medal written by an author that is still alive.

  2. Awesome redo, Mr. Jonker!

  3. Love it! Your best one yet!

  4. I want to buy a couple paperbacks of this with your cover. Nicely done.

  5. I follow blogs on my Google Reader so rarely comment, but this cover spoke to me. I really like this book and this cover is great.

  6. I think you’re right about the brown, especially where kid appeal is concerned, but I think this design is elegant and clever!

  7. This is my absolute favorite.