Cover Controversy: Making Waves
Few things can build anticipation like a curling wave. Where’s it going? What’s going to happen? Hokusai captured the mood perfectly in his iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa (above). A trio of recent children’s book covers understand this and in doing so give off a distinctive separated-at-birth vibe. Let’s have a look:
Necks out for Adventure! by Timothy Basil Ering.
Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure by John Segal.
And to complete the trio:
Missing the Boat by Wayne Chinsang and Justin Shady.
Side by side by side:
Characters atop big waves, the nontraditional lettering – it’s a match folks. Hokusai would be proud.
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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