Cover Controversy: Off in the Distance
So different, yet so similar. This could be called the first Bizarro cover controversy. If you are familiar with Superman (or the television show Seinfeld), then you know that a Bizarro version of something is closely related, yet completely opposite in many ways. Let’s take a look at the book covers in question and I think you’ll see what I mean.
Kendra by Coe Booth.
And now, its Bizarro counterpart:
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson.
Side by side:
While the positioning and perspective are the same, the setting is decidedly dissimilar.
A side note: Is it just me, or does there seem to be a lot of sky on book covers these days? Further investigation my be needed…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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