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Covering the Newbery (#42): A Wrinkle in Time

I started this little exercise in redoing the covers of every Newbery-winning book because some could use an update. Today we have a book sporting a cover that seems to be perfectly back in style. In fact, it’s the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and the new commemorative edition is just a subtle update of the original. Today, I try my hand at a redo.

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1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Someone is taking advantage of the free premium features on Picnik! The original cover is one of my all-time favorites, so I don’t think there’s much I can do here.

Up next week: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville

(Source Image: “Se il tempo è denaro – If time is money” http://flic.kr/p/5PN3nH)

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. I don’t like that new cover at all–why would you alter an Ellen Raskin design?

  2. (I was referring to the actual new cover–I liked yours, Travis.)

    • That’s a good question, Mac – if they’re going retro, they could have stuck with the original. I’m guessing they wanted to instantly set the commemorative edition apart.