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Covering the Newbery (#68): Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise

I am now convinced that I’ve spent more time browsing Flickr creative commons licensed photos than anyone. Top five at least. That’s how I come up with the Covering the Newbery covers, with occasional assists from Photoshop and Splashup, and always with the help of PicMonkey. Today we close out the 80s with… 1989: Joyful […]

Covering the Newbery (#67): Lincoln: A Photobiography

Lincoln Photobiography

1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like this one. Mine doesn’t use a photo, which seems kinda crazy, but I like how it uses words (in this case, the text of the Gettysburg Address) to resemble a well-known photo of Lincoln. Click here for the […]

Covering the Newbery (#66): The Whipping Boy

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. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. Up Next Week: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Source image “ghost child” http://flic.kr/p/aESDTM)

Covering the Newbery (#65): Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

For every attempt so far in the Covering the Newbery series, I do the same thing. I enter keywords from the book into a Flickr creative commons search. After I find an image, I sometimes will have to adjust something in Splashup or Photoshop. Otherwise, I just throw the image into PicMonkey, add text, and […]

Covering the Newbery (#64): The Hero and the Crown

Hero and the Crown

1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. Up next week: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Source image “Procrastination King” http://flic.kr/p/bEV6pH)

Covering the Newbery (#63): Dear Mr. Henshaw

dear mr. henshaw

Sure it’s easy to crack wise with The Story of Mankind and it’s ages-old cover. Just giving any sort of modern spin would be an improvement. Now we’re getting into books that ain’t so ancient. Today, for example, is the beloved Dear Mr. Henshaw, complete with iconic Paul O. Zelinsky cover. It is with books […]

Covering the Newbery (#62): Dicey’s Song

Dicey's Song

We continue the march toward modern day, redoing the cover of every Newbery-winning book along the way. 1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: A bit monotone, but an interesting change. The issue is short hair to long – that’s a problem. Click here for the Covering the […]

Covering the Newbery (#61): A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

William Blake's Inn

Oooh boy. I’m up against the only book to have won the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor today. This is pretty silly – trying to redo the cover on a Caldecott Honor-winning book. The Provensens are unbeatable. But according to the contract I signed with myself at the beginning of this project (weird, I know) […]

Covering the Newbery (#60): Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved

1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Source image: “edadid 04” http://flic.kr/p/8Ynb72)

Covering the Newbery (#59): A Gathering of Days

A Gathering of Days

1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: The original is a cover in need of jazzing up. My jazzing may not be jazzy enough. Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: Jacob Have I Loved […]

Covering the Newbery (#58): The Westing Game

Westing Game

1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I really like the original here, so hard to compare, but I’m pretty happy with the way the new image hints at the plot. Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery. Up next week: A Gathering of Days: A […]

Covering the Newbery (#57): Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

One of the more beloved Newbery winners is up for a cover redo – let’s see what flickrCC, splashup, and PicMonkey can do today… 1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: The age-old dilemma – would kids dig it? Signs point to (shaking Magic 8-Ball) “Don’t count […]

Covering the Newbery (#56): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Jerry Pinkney, everyone. That’s who created the original illustration for today’s cover redo candidate. Can I throw in the towel now? No? Well, here we go… 1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Original: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I’m never a big fan of swapping a photo for an […]

Covering the Newbery (#55): The Grey King

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The weekly cover red0-athon known as Covering the Newbery continues today with the fourth book in a beloved fantasy series. Just for kicks, lets look at a few of the covers that have graced The Grey King over the years: Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper […]

Covering the Newbery (#54): M. C. Higgins, the Great

M.C. Higgins, the Great

Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like this one, but am pretty sure kids would not be leaping to grab it off the shelf. Up next week: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (Source image: “Pole […]