Please, I beg of you, do NOT miss this post about book covers on the "ShelfTalker" blog. Elizabeth has compiled massive groups of book covers by trend. Snipped from the comments:
". . . this much similarity has two effects: 1) on the plus side, they do target their intended readers pretty directly, if unoriginally, and so are good for impulse buys; 2) on the negative side, how can teens tell if they’ve already read that book if it looks exactly like another?"Good stuff, no? And now, we present today's post about . . . LEGS. Lotsa legs. Twenty-four, in fact, not counting the pug.
a. A limb or an appendage of an animal, used for locomotion or support.
b. One of the lower or hind limbs in humans and primates.
|The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Dial, 2010|
d. The back part of the hindquarter of a meat animal.
|The Poker Diaries by Liza Conrad (Penguin Paperback, 2007)|
All of these are girls' legs. Has anyone seen any boy leg covers? Do note the brown skin (however scant) on the model for this next one:
|Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez (Little, Brown, 2009)|
|Lynn Visible, Julia DeVillers (Dutton, 2010)|
|Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking in a recent issue from Puffin (2005)|
Step aside, Pippi. You've got competition. What hath thou wrought? Wacky socks=good middle grade book cover?
Here's one of the leg shots in Melissa J. Morgan's Camp Confidential series from Penguin:
|Topsy Turvy (#24)|
(Cute slippers.) Still all girls. Wonder if hairy legs don't sell books. Dunno. There seems to be no end of girl legs, though. How about this one:
|Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff (BX/HarperCollins, 2009)|
And this set of legs sprouting from a balloon bouquet:
|11 Birthdays, Wendy Maas. (Scholastic, 2009)|
Wait! Can it be? I found BOY LEGS!!:
|Best (Boy)friend Forever, #9|
Oh, thank you Camp Confidential #9.
I don't wish to say a lot about these covers, except maybe that they work better for me than a photo of a face would, since these could be almost any kids' legs. Their faces are left to our imagination. (Still requesting more brown skin, though.)