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Covering the Newbery (#66): The Whipping Boy

1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Really, very, not good. This looks like an art project gone wrong.

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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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I like your cover much better!

  2. I like it too! It looks like a cross between Joan Aiken and Samuel Beckett.