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Covering the Newbery (#13): Invincible Louisa

1934: Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs

Early Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I like it! Will kids? No! Your thoughts?

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1932: Waterless Mountain

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow

1928: Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: “Bovary” http://www.flickr.com/photos/nymphaeum/4616148482/)

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. Travis, you wrote: Verdict: I like it! Will kids? No! Your thoughts?

    Why wouldn’t kids like it? I think you have SUCH an eye! I love these. I’m going to talk about this on my podcast this week. They are all awesome!

  2. Thanks Katie – maybe this one has a bit more kid appeal that I’m giving it credit for. The best way to judge might be a real world test in my libraries with these new covers. I may have to give that a shot.

  3. It’s definitely better than the trade paperback cover I remember, which looked like a bad romance novel. I like the way the author’s name is hidden in the skirt!

  4. Travis,

    I think this one would work. Nice job. Obviously it is not going to pull in everyone (no cover can do that), but it is much better than the original for today’s reader. It has that Olivia thing going or that Incorrigible look that will pull students in. Do try and do post results.

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