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Covering the Newbery (#53): The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer

Here we are on Monday – the day I like to try my extremely amateur hand at giving Newbery-winning books new covers. It’s a just-for-kicks project that I’m calling Covering the Newbery. Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox Original Cover: My Redo: Verdict: Hmm – I […]

Covering the Newbery (#52): Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves

Click here for the Covering the Newbery Gallery 1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I dig the green of the original, but I like the image on my redo. Points taken away, however, for the fact that it sort of looks like the imaginary […]

Covering the Newbery (#51): Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby

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. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Today we have a book that I still run into quite a bit – especially on the classroom read-aloud and literature circle circuit […]

Covering the Newbery (#50): Summer of the Swans

Summer of the Swans

We’ve hit #50 in the series that keeps on giving. And giving. Each week we’re moving into more recognizable covers. Speaking of… 1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: I like the illustration on the original – I think mine could have used something more. Click […]

Covering the Newbery (#49): Sounder

Sounder

1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Black and white can be a tough sell, but I like the image. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Source image: “.a particular frienD” http://flic.kr/p/7dCEzD)

Covering the Newbery (#48): The High King

The High King

1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander Original Cover: My Redo Side by Side: Verdict: Not a big fan of this one, although I can see it getting some attention. You win some, you lose some. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Source image: “Swords” […]

Covering the Newbery (#47): From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed Up Files

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Brown usually has a tough go of it in terms of shelf appeal, but I think this one turned out fun. Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery Up next week: The […]

Covering the Newbery (#46): Up a Road Slowly

Up a Road Slowly

For a little perspective, here are some notes about 1966, when Up the Road Slowly was published: The president was Lyndon Johnson The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture Medicare began The first Star Trek episode aired Perspective relayed, let’s move right along to the next item on the agenda… 1967: […]

Covering the Newbery (#45): I, Juan de Pareja

Yo Juan de Pareja

I always redo the covers of Newbery-winning books here, but why not titles? I mean, there’s a lot of potential there. Take I, Juan de Pareja, for instance. Why not give it a cooler title? Actually, they already did: This is the Spanish edition, but I think English-speaking kids would be willing to learn a […]

Covering the Newbery (#44): Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull has already shown up ’round these parts, drawing comparisons to Dwight Schrute’s shirt as Unfortunate Cover #15. Today a gauntlet-shaped dust jacket has been thrown down as it is the next cover I must redo in my mildly fun attempt to re-jacket every Newbery-winning book. Here goes… Click here for the […]

Covering the Newbery (#43) It’s Like This, Cat

It's Like This Cat

Every Monday, a Newbery-winning cover gets a redo. For more of the good, bad, and badder, click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: Definitely a different tone. Up next week: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Source […]

Covering the Newbery (#42): A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

I started this little exercise in redoing the covers of every Newbery-winning book because some could use an update. Today we have a book sporting a cover that seems to be perfectly back in style. In fact, it’s the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and the new commemorative edition is just […]

Covering the Newbery (#41): The Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow

Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Verdict: More like The Bronze Boooo! Can they all be winners? No, they cannot. Up next week: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Source Image: “Archery Practice” http://flic.kr/p/66WL5m)

Covering the Newbery (#40): Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

A story problem: As of today there are 90 Newbery-winning books. My plan is to give each one a new cover. This is my 40th Covering the Newbery post. How many more posts will I need to complete the project? 90-40=50 posts Aw, man – I’m not even half way?! I better get crackin’. Click […]

Covering the Newbery (#39) Onion John

Onion John

Bringing you amateur cover redos since 2010… Click here for the Covering the Newbery gallery. On with the show! 1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold Original Cover: My Redo: Side by Side: Up next week: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Source Image: “simple pickled onions” http://flic.kr/p/8h9451)