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Covering the Newbery (#55): The Grey King

The weekly cover red0-athon known as Covering the Newbery continues today with the fourth book in a beloved fantasy series. Just for kicks, lets look at a few of the covers that have graced The Grey King over the years:

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1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: Definitely a little more somber, but a bit more modern too.

Up next week: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

(Source image: “Vida de perros” http://flic.kr/p/3rXEAP)

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. But … the Grey King isn’t the final book in that series. The final book is “Silver on the Tree”. The Grey King is a much better book than Silver, so maybe that’s just wishful thinking on your part?

    I do like your redo of this one. The ears of the dog on the original cover have always bugged me.

    • Thanks for the catch, Sarah – it’s the fourth, not the final. Post updated! And those are some serious ears on the original.

  2. I really like your new cover. The simplicity is eye-catching. I love this series and own a personal set.