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Covering the Newbery (#51): Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

While it was fun to redo the covers of some of the earliest Newbery winners, I like that we’re getting into more modern times.

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Today we have a book that I still run into quite a bit – especially on the classroom read-aloud and literature circle circuit (if you want to start a literature circle blog, might I suggest naming it “Lit Circle Circuit”). Here it is…

1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: The original is pretty spare and subdued, but I think my redo probably skews too urban.

Up next week: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

(Source image: “Bansky – If graffiti changed anything it would be illegal”

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.