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Cover Curiosity: Hide and Seek

Sometimes they’re pretty close, sometimes they’re quite close, but rarely do two covers look as similar as the pair we have today. While one is for adults and one is for kids, I couldn’t help but share. First up, a book you’re probably familiar with:

Mockingbird by Katheryn Erskine

And now, for the match:

Long Drive Home by Will Allison

Side by Side:

Dang. The use of the same stock photo makes this pair near record-setting in their similarity.

(Thanks to author/illustrator Katie Davis for the tip.)

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’s incredible. Did Erskine or Allison notice I wonder?

  2. Yeah! I noticed that and posted about it last month! http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/220785.html

    I was kind of surprised to learn that many covers are picked from stock photos. I guess it should be surprising that there aren’t more duplicates.


  3. The cover of Eliot Schrefer’s The Deadly Sister is very much echoed by Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, but there’s an adult book that I saw only once on the new fiction shelves that uses the same stock photo. I would love to line all three up but alas! Still keeping an eye out for that grownup book…

  4. Alison Eckes says:

    That one will be hard to beat. Although not of the same caliber as Mockingbird and Long Drive Home, check out a side by side of Sweetly by Jackson Pearce and Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm.

    • That is definitely a match, Alison – thanks for the heads up! I’ll have to post about it.

  5. I posted on these covers just a few days after you did — I hadn’t seen your post. I found a third cover that features the same girl in a different pose:

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