“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.
I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!
Illustration! Colour! Typography! I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “Middle grade again?!” Yes, again. In fact, this is the fourth time I’ve revisited this genre, and I make absolutely no apologies for that. Just look at these covers! I never fail to have fun when it comes time to compile covers aimed at this age group. I particularly like the bold creativity of the concepts and the vast differences from one design to the next. Some, like Dreamer, Wisher, Liar and Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies are cute and understated while others, like The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, are just plain bizarre, and I love that! Some of my favourite covers this week include Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones, The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston, Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz, The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold, The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond and The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand.
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Middle Grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!