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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 […]

Cover Curiosity: Here Be Dragons

Mountain Meets the Moon

Shhh! Our first cover curiosity of the new year is a rare picture book/chapter book pairing. We must be very quiet, or we’ll scare them away. First up… Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin And to complete the pair… The Magic Brush by Kat Yeh, illustrated by Huy Voun Lee Side by […]

Cover Curiosity: Red All Over

Wolf Mark

Q: What only shows its legs, wears jeans, and is red all over? A: Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes Side by Side: Not a spot-on match, but these covers sport similarities that are hard to deny. Click here for more Cover Curiosities.

Cover Curiosity: Comparable Condensation

You Are My Only

If the following covers indicate anything, it’s that indoor/outdoor temperature differences are becoming a huge problem in young adult literature. How else to explain this sort of condensation? First up… You Are My Only by Beth Kephart Second up… My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson *Update* And thanks to a heads up […]

Cover Curiosity: Similar Swordplay


I’m amazed how some folks can find covers that use the same stock photography (the blog Pop Culture Junkie does an exceedingly excellent job of this). Most of the covers I pair up tend to be more like how Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio looks like Jon Scieszka – eerily close, but not the same (or […]

Cover Curiosity: It’s a Drag (on)


In the world of similar-looking book covers, we have the separated at birth clones, and we have the “hey, you look like your sister” resemblances. Today, I bring forth an example of the latter. First cover… Eragon by Christopher Paolini And the second… Ancient, Strange, and Lovely by Susan Fletcher Side by side: While there […]

Cover Curiosity: Creepy Forest

A Tale Dark and Grim

If (nay, when) they create a children’s literature Hall of Fame, Creepy Forest will be one of the first inductees in the category of Settings, right after Farm and before School. Before I get out of hand with this, let’s take a look at the latest pair of separated-at-birth covers. A big thank you to […]

Cover Curiosity: Hide and Seek

Mockingbird Paperback

Sometimes they’re pretty close, sometimes they’re quite close, but rarely do two covers look as similar as the pair we have today. While one is for adults and one is for kids, I couldn’t help but share. First up, a book you’re probably familiar with: Mockingbird by Katheryn Erskine And now, for the match: Long […]