Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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A little about perspective and composition on book covers. There's so much that can be done to draw attention to a book, as long as you're lucky enough to have the bookseller display it with the cover image visible. Just think about where the viewer stands in relation to the images on the covers of these kids' and young adult books.
Firehouse! by Mark Teague (Scholastic, 2010). How low can you go? Awesome.
The Barrel in the Basement by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Sharon Wooding (BackinPrint edition, originally published by Atheneum in 1985). We the viewers are looking down from above, which accentuates their diminutive size.
Guardian of the Dead (the U.S. hardcover) by Karen Healey (Little, Brown, 2010) We are practically lying on this creature's chest. Low and inside.
Ed Young's Moon Bear, written by Brenda Guiberson (Holt, 2010). It would be so easy for this bear to appear menacing, the way he looms over us. But he doesn't seem too scary. Right?
I think I've posted this before, but talk about a bird's eye perspective. Change-up by sportswriter John Feinstein (Yearling reprint edition, 2010).

Hey, back off. Three's a crowd. You can almost smell their Dentyne Ice. This is Return the Paradise by Simone Elkeles, coming out in September (Llewellyn Worldwide).
This is a close-up. Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin, illustrated by Zachary Pullen (Sleeping Bear Press, 2009)

From above and in tight. A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by awesome Kevin Hawkes. Coming out in September.
A long shot, taken from just below eye level. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. A refreshing angle in a world of close-ups of body parts. Love the duck. Published by MTV (really?!) in 2009.

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