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First Second Tenth: A Cover Extravaganza

First Second

Publisher First Second is ten years old. Ten years of making some of the best graphic novels around – for kids and grown-ups. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun for First Second artists to pay tribute to their favorite First Second books.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? That’s how the saying goes?

This One Summer

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer, drawn by Box Brown, author of Andre the Giant:

TOS By Box Brown


Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies, drawn by John Patrick Green, author of Hippopotamister:

Wrenchies By John Green


Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, drawn by Dave Roman, author of Astronaut Academy

Delilah By Dave Roman


Box Brown’s Andre the Giant, drawn by James Kochalka, author of The Glorkian Warrior series:

Andre By Kochalka


Andi Watson, author of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula went for a complete re-imagining of Joann Sfar’s Klezmer:

Klezmer by Watson


Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, drawn by George O’Connor, author of The Olympians series:

AA by Oconnor

Here’s to ten more years!

Thank you, Gina Gagliano for making this post happen. The idea for this post is no doubt influenced by the Re-Seussification challenge over at A Fuse #8 Production.

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 need to read that Andre book.