Covers, Covers, Covers

Elly Swartz’s Finding Perfect just got a cover last week (see it here) and that reminded me of how exciting (ok, and nerve wracking) seeing your cover for the first time can be. A lot is riding on that cover design. In spite of the proverb, we all judge a book by its cover.

The perfect cover isn’t only beautiful, it delivers the right book to the right reader. So I thought I’d do a roundup of four books that I’ve had the opportunity to read whose covers do exactly that. The first is Penny Parker Klostermann’s There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight with art by Ben Mantle.There Was an Old Dragon cover

From the minute you see that big, old dragon with the dinner napkin around his neck, you know he’s trouble. Funny trouble. And the book delivers that funny again and again both through text and pictures.

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The cover of Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Book Scavenger tells you, “Hey, if you like books, if you like mysteries, if you like to solve puzzles, this is your book. Sarah Watt’s did the art and April Ward designed the cover. And when you read the book, it absolutely delivers on the cover’s promise. Books, mystery, puzzles galore.

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Janet Fox’s cover of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, with art by Greg Ruth, is fabulously sinister. You can’t help wanting to go into that lighted door and yet, at the same time, thinking “I am not sure those kids should go in that door. I do not have a good feeling about this.” Janet’s book comes out in March but I’ve already read an ARC and let me tell you, it’s both worth going in the door and sleep-with-the-lights-on scary. It delivers on the promise of the cover.

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And finally, there’s the cover of Joshua McCune’s Talker 25. Gorgeous color combinations, all that texture, the stylized nod to dragons and the the tagline below the title. The cover is gritty, tough. You know the book will have a dark side. And that’s exactly what you get when you read it. (Plus the realest dragons I have read in years.)

If you’d like to read more about the thought process behind Talker 25, there’s a great post about how Paul Zakris, art director at Greenwillow, and Sammy Yuen, the artist, worked through that process here.

So here’s to the artists and cover designers who do such a brilliant job telling a reader in one image what’s waiting inside that cover.

Which covers that you’ve seen lately do you think do the job of delivering the right book to the right reader?

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6 responses to “Covers, Covers, Covers

  1. All beautiful and intriguing book covers!

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  2. Janet Fox

    How sweet of you, Mylisa!! I love all these covers, too, and am thrilled with mine. Hugs!!

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  3. Thanks for all the beautiful covers here today. And since I’ve read them all, I completely agree that these artists and cover designers have done a brilliant job in telling a reader in one image what’s waiting inside these covers.
    BTW, I’m happy that DRAGON made the cut!

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  4. I have seen ugly covers before and it’s so true that we judge books by their covers even if maybe we shouldn’t. Love the covers on these 4 books…gorgeous covers like these do promise that what lies inside will also be high quality!

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  5. I reviewed, or will review, the first three books and agree they are great covers that instantly tell you what is inside. I loved those books, too. Penny Parker Klostermann also did a character review that was hilarious. All three (Klostermann, Bertman and Fox) created amazing stories. How will they follow those debuts? I can’t wait to find out.

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  6. You’re right – those are GREAT covers! 😀

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