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.
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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