Cover Controversy: Doin’ Work
There’s something about big machines that captures the imagination of kids. I can identify. When I was a youngster, my county fair held a monster truck show and parked all of the massively-tired vehicles in the church parking lot across from my house. I almost lost it. I mean Bigfoot? Come on.
Two recent titles featuring various forms of trucks, diggers, and other construction-related machines struck me as similar. Eerily so. First up, one that you’ve been seeing a lot of in these pages of late:
Roadwork by Sally Sutton. (100 Scope Notes Review)
And now, its match:
Machines Go to Work by William Low.
Side by side:
I’m not making things up here, right? The middle of the page placement of the vehicle, the full-on profile view, the massively bold font work – the resemblence is pretty clear. As an added bonus, they are also similarly awesome books.
On a related note, if you are interested in seeing how William Low created the amazing digital art for Machines Go to Work, click here to head over to A Fuse #8 Production, where you’ll find an outstanding video of the process and get the down Low (pun 101% intended) on the author/illustrator’s appearance at the New York Public Library.
Filed under: Cover Curiosity
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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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