Cover reveal: ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman!

Recipe for a delicious book cover:

Start with one strip of sparkling city skyline…
Skyline only

Stir in 22 mouth-watering desserts…
Desserts only

Add a dash of determined heroine…
Gladys only

Season with one generous scoop of lovely blurb…
Blurb only

And get an incredibly talented artist and design team to cook things up…

and maybe…

just maybe…

if you’re very lucky…

the stars will align…

stars only

and you’ll end up with something like this. 🙂

Gladys Gatsby has dreamed of becoming a restaurant critic for New York’s biggest newspaper—she just didn’t expect to be assigned her first review at age 11. Now, if she wants to meet her deadline and hang on to her dream job, she’ll have to defy her fast-food-loving parents, cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy, and battle Manhattan’s meanest maitre d’.

On a menu (by which I mean, in bookstores) near you in summer 2014. Hooray!

Many thanks to amazing cover artist Kelly Murphy (whom we’ve interviewed on Emu’s Debuts before!) and the design team at Penguin Young Readers Group for producing such a perfect cover for my story. Also, today I’m being interviewed by Krista Van Dolzer over at Mother.Write.Repeat. about this cover, the editorial process for All Four Stars, and its sequel-in-progress, so feel free to stop by over there, too, if you’d like a little more behind-the-scenes info on any of those things!

Tara DairmanTara Dairman is a novelist, playwright, and recovering world traveler. All Four Stars, her debut middle-grade novel about an 11-year-old who secretly becomes a New York restaurant critic, will be published in 2014 by Putnam/Penguin.

Find her online at


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38 responses to “Cover reveal: ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman!

  1. So wonderful! I love how warm it is–but I begin to suspect I am going to gain weight reading that book! Congratulations on a beautiful cover!


  2. Mike Jung

    Woohoo! Congrats on a fabulous cover, Tara!


  3. It’s so delicious that I want to eat it up!! I love it, Tara!!


  4. Christine Hayes

    It’s gorgeous, Tara!


  5. I love her expression. Great cover! 🙂


  6. Hooray!! I love it!! Very excited for you, Tara!!


  7. Very fun cover. Love Gladys sitting over there in the curlicue. Let the stars start raining down on this book.


  8. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ four hearts


  9. annbedichek

    I love it!!! And it perfectly captures the book!!! HURRAY for everyone!!!!


  10. Jessica W-H

    Tara!! It’s beautiful! Oh my goodness, this is getting SO REAL!!!!!


  11. I love this cover, Tara. It’s delicious! Looking forward to reading the book.


  12. It’s scrumptious, Tara! So happy your stars are aligning!


  13. JoyMC

    Awesome, Tara! It’s adorable! Can’t wait to have it in my hands!!!


  14. Ooh I love it! So many great details!


  15. FABULOUS cover! I’m so thrilled for you!!


  16. That cover is gorgeous! Congrats, Tara! Congrats!


  17. Katie Davis Reich

    I love it! So excited to get my own copy!


  18. Ahhhh!!!!!!!! Love, love, love it!!! Tara, it’s beautiful and perfect and scrumptious. I’ve so enjoyed watching this book go from the first 250 posted at Baker’s Dozen (what a fitting contest, btw) into a real, deal book kids will eat up! 🙂


  19. Yummy! Congratulations, Tara!!!


  20. It’s really pretty! I like it!


  21. Tara, this is gorgeous!!! I am so excited for you… Absolutely beautiful!!!! 🙂


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  23. Lovely cover, great to see more of Kelly’s work (man, this makes me want to draw…), great blurb by the wonderful Jen Nielsen, awesome reviews — congratulations, Tara! This has all the marks of a fantastic read. Can’t wait to get my hands on one — and share it.


  24. This cover just makes me smile. 🙂 It perfectly captures the tone of your writing, Tara. Well done, Ms. Murphy.


  25. aj

    That cover says it all (4 stars). Congratulations!


  26. Hmmmm, the website ate my comment so I’ll do it again: Wow! 🙂 Your cover is beautiful and I can’t wait to see it in real life!


  27. Hooray for Tara, hooray for Kelly, and hooray for readers who will fall in love with this book!


  28. jacqueline shabot

    As a former elementary school teacher and your Aunt Judy’s dear friend my thoughts are this-The cover is soooo sensational. Your little girl is readily identifiable which makes her great for a series. I will buy this book when it comes out and give some copies to my former school and some to children I know. All the best-Jackie


  29. jacqueline shabot

    I had to moderate my comment so you only get -great cover! will buy!


  30. Rebecca Van Slyke

    Now that’s a 5-star cover! Can’t wait to read it!!


  31. Alexa

    I am so excited about this book!!! Looks absolutely delish!


  32. Got to hear the first page at NE-SCBWI Encore last weekend. And now this fabulous cover! Can’t wait to read this.


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