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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” http://flic.kr/p/9QhaNs)

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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.