Cover Controversy: Shut It
Books – frustrating, arenâ€™t they? Covers always wanting to flap open, all those pages so easily turned. Recently, a group of book covers have tried solving this problem. The cover artwork isnâ€™t similar, but they all have one element that (bad pun alert!) binds them together:
Queste by Angie Sage.
The Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd: Beastologist, Book One) by R.L. La Fevers.
Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt.
Side by side by side:
Namely, something to keep the book shut. More accurately, an image of something holding the book shut. What does this add to the cover? Iâ€™d say it provides just the right â€œthis book is old, hand-crafted, and importantâ€ vibe.
Any to add?
P.S. This trend encompasses books for grown-ups as well. Take a look:
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.
Filed under: Cover Curiosity, Covers
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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