Award Seal as Design Element: A Cover First?
Today I was checking out upcoming releases using Edelweiss (a great place to go for publisher catalogs y’all) when I came across a book that was released back in September – the paperback edition of Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. If you remember, the original cover made an impression on me.
But this new design? It may just be a world’s first.
How is it unique? Take a look:
That’s right, the awards it has won (E.B. White, Silver Birch) have been incorporated into the cover illustration as balloons held by the main character, Katrina Katrell. Very cool.
Now a question for the masses (this includes, of course Peter from Collecting Children’s Books) – is this the first book you’ve seen do such a thing?
*Update* Author Robert Paul Weston talks a bit about the cover on his blog. Click here to read.
*Update* In the comments, Al uncovered another example of award sealÂ with The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatterton (with the Junior Library Guild selection seal). Take a look:
I see this as more of a particular placement than incorporating the seal into the cover artwork, but it is certainly planned. Any others you know of?
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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