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Cover Curiosity: Under the Sea

Under Water

Sometimes, in an odd aligning of stars, two book covers end up kinda resembling one another. Click here for all the Cover Curiosity posts. I noticed a pair the other day. First up: Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert; illustrated by Louis Rigaud Second up: The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud Side by side: A [...]

Cover Curiosity: Mirrors


Every now and then the universe does my job for me. Sometimes, by chance (or perhaps not), two books that resemble each other end up next to each other on bookshelves. Thanks for looking out, universe. Below are three such cases I encountered in the last few months: Rabbityness by Jo Empson Peek-A-Boo Bunny by [...]

Cover Curiosity: Fishes


Some Cover Curiosities seem eye-rubbingly separated at birth, while others appear to simply share a similar idea. Today, I’d say we have an example of the latter. Click here for more Cover Curiosities. I love most when two covers from different worlds collide. Today we have a middle grade novel and a picture book. Our [...]

Cover Curiosity: Behind Bars

Juvie Cover

Look, I don’t discriminate on my Cover Curiosities – picture book, middle grade, YA – when two books happen to resemble each other, I will be there. Today we foray into the YA world with two new books that share a bold bar/grid motif. Juvie by Steve Watkins More Than This by Patrick Ness Side [...]

Cover Curiosity: Playing the Field


Sometimes with Cover Curiosities we have two jackets that look very similar. Other times it’s more of a general trend. Today is the latter. Look out socks, relaxing on the lawn is gaining steam. Take a look at the recent evidence collected: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban After Eli by Rebecca Rupp Criss [...]

Cover Curiosity: Me

SLJ Cover Web

Now, please don’t be alarmed when you see this goofy-looking guy on your September issue of School Library Journal: How did we get here? I wrote a series of posts about the e-reader lending program we started at my 5th and 6th grade school last year. It was a small start, but things went pretty [...]

Cover Curiosity: Squinty

Ask the Passengers

Is that a cover trend I see? I can’t quite tell – it’s so bright. Let’s take a look at three examples. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King Peace, Locomotion by Jacquiline Woodson The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano I feel like there are more examples of this out there – any to [...]

Cover Curiosity: Visually Jarring


Is canning things other than delicious foods the hot new activity for youngsters? Looking at these five recent or upcoming book covers, you’d think so. Flowers, spiders, hummingbirds, kids – where are the strawberry preserves!? Many thanks to Cindy Dobrez of Bookends for the heads up on this trend. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Keeping Safe [...]

Cover Curiosity: Sashed


I ask you this -  are sashes a cover trend on the rise? Cover the first: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Cover two: Prettiest Doll by Gina Willner-Pardo (on shelves November 6, 2012) Side by side: The sashes have it. Are there any more that belong in this group? Click here for more Cover Curiosities.

Cover Curiosity: Inking Me Softly

Hummingbird Heart

‘Scuse me while I talk YA covers for a minute… Most Cover Curiosities, be they socks, Converse sneakers, or longingly gazing into the distance, are unexpected but not really all that unusual. Today we have a pair that are both unusual and unexpected. This comparison is unusupected. With all credit to Lisa Jenn Bigelow for [...]

Cover Curiosity: On Balki and Book Covers

inside out

There are two people I’ve been told I look like. 1. Bronson Pinchot Aw, yeah – that’s right. Pinchot is best known as Balki from the late 80s/early 90s sitcom Perfect Strangers. While most people would not take this as a particularly flattering comparison, I used to watch that show like it was going out [...]

Cover Curiosity: Totally Crossed Out

romeo and juliet code

Whether consciously tapping into a popular trend or completely by coincidence, some book covers just look like each other. Today we have two covers that jumped out at me. Let’s have a look… The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone. And our second cover… One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Side by [...]

Cover Curiosity: I Got the Blues. And Blacks. And Whites.


While not exactly spitting images of one another, today’s trio of covers share a distinct bond that is difficult to deny. Unless you do deny, in which case we will have to politely agree to disagree, as librarian custom dictates all disagreements must be settled. All three are pleasing to the eyes of this humble [...]

Cover Curiosity: Dissimilar? Neigh.

war horse

About a year or so into my Cover Curiosities run, I came across Pop Culture Junkie, a blog I would come to know as the Champion of Stock Photo Book Cover Lookalikes. Seriously, I don’t even know how she does it. Puts my “heh, hey – these books vaguely resemble each other” pairings to shame. [...]

Cover Curiosity: Kids in Trees

Love Aubrey

Usually for Cover Curiosities, I highlight a straight-up “this cover looks kinda like that cover” situation. Today we have more of a trend. But it isn’t gothic gates, holding stuff, or socks. No, today’s middle grade/YA trend is about kids hanging out in trees. Here are three examples – got any more to add? Number [...]