Here's the deal. Let us see what you, gentle readers, like on a book jacket.
Your assignment: Sometime in the next two weeks, enter a bookstore. Head toward the children's section (you know you'll do this anyway) and maybe veer off into the teen section, too. Find a book (or two) whose cover you just love, LOVE, LURVE and then rush home to your computer or whip out your portable emailing device and tell us about it.
Send title, author (and maybe a jpg if you're so inclined) and your first name/last initial to me at carol (at) carolbrendler (dot) com. Maybe include a word or two explaining why you chose what you did. There's one rule: It can't be a book you wrote or illustrated yourself.
Alternatively, you can enter your selections in the comments below and I'll post the images and explanations when I post the others over the next 2 weeks.
To start things off, here are a couple from me:
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Silver, illustrated by Elwood Smith, due out from Dutton this month. Oh, gosh. I love how the hot dog itself is a photo. It's just so kitschy and diner-ish. The book's description says this book is "Garnished with hilarious illustrations." Ha ha ha ha ha, get it? As long as we don't have to see any wieners being made, I think this will be a fun one.
Here's a sassy chicklit-looking cover . . . until you read the sticky on the pail. Then the pink and green turn from sassy to sickly. This is the paperback cover for Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss and it so intrigued me because it tells me this character is going to be battling her illness with a dose of humor. The hardcover version didn't do that. Sounds like a tricky balancing act for the author. The small print under the author's name lists actual side effects of cancer and its treatment.
I showed you mine. Now you.
Oh, gosh. What if nobody participates? Please join in or I'll feel so . . . so exposed.