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Cover Curiosity: It’s Gettin’ Dusty

Here’s the question I asked myself. If you have two book covers that share a similar theme/layout/tone, is it true controversy? Nay.

Therefore I’m calling these instances “Cover Curiosities” from here on out. I’ll save “controversy” for cases where it truly applies. Now, on to the books…

You know you have an adventure on your hands when stuff starts blowing around. Two recent book covers have embraced this fact to set the mood:

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan.

And to complete the pair…

The Brimstone Key (Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles #1) by Derek Benz J.S. Lewis.

Side by side:

The male and female protagonists looking skyward, the ominous clouds, the earth-tone color palate – they seem cut from the same cloth, right?

Any others that fit in this group?

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. That makes me laugh!

  2. Lucy Poludniak says:

    Another similarity is the pyramid shape…obvious in “The Red Pyramid,” which I recently finished, and implied in “Grey Griffins.”


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