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Covering the Newbery (#3): The Dark Frigate

I will go to long lengths for kicks. Case in point: I’m redesigning the cover of every Newbery winning book, starting in 1922 and working my way up to today. I’ll post the results on Mondays. Click here to read my self-imposed rules for the project.

Let’s see how things turn out today…

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

Original cover:


Side by side:

Verdict: The new cover is certainly very dark, and very frigate-y. What do you think?

Read previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: ‘Ghost sHip’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/30874567@N03/3427920940)

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. Oooh…I like it!

  2. Can I just say how much I love this project…and how totally talented you are at cover designs? Can’t wait to see next Monday’s.

  3. Not to diminish the excellence of your cover (it’s awesome), but could there have been a worse original cover?!

  4. Frigg’n awesome, Matey!