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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:

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

My Redo:

Cover 1968 From the Mixed Up Files Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Side by Side:

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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

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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.

Comments

  1. Colby Sharp says:

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

  2. John Schu says:

    Awesome redo, Mr. Jonker!

  3. AZ says:

    Love it! Your best one yet!

  4. adrienne says:

    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. Miss K says:

    This is my absolute favorite.

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