Monday, September 27, 2010

5 Really Neat-o Title Fonts!

Once again, for your consideration we present the following covers with title fonts that stand out as particularly interesting, or that function extra well as part of the design.
The image to the right/above is the cover of the picture book The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger (Holiday House, 2009) While imitating Chinese calligraphy with our Latin alphabet can sometimes make typographers grind their teeth, I think this typeface adds a pleasing element and blends well. (If you click on the covers, most of them will "embiggen" themselves.)
The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle (Holt, 2010)
Am I wrong in thinking Firefly Letters looks like a fantasy cover? It's actually a book of poetry based on the notes by a Swedish suffragist about her trip to Cuba. No, really. Pretty neat-o font, though.

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally M. Walker (CarolRhoda, coming October, 2010)
Stunning cover image and typeface. Frozen Secrets is a standout.
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith (Atheneum, 2010)
Love the juxtaposition of the slender, linear "Lulu" with the elegant "and the Brontosaurus."
Wild Things by Clay Carmichael (Boyds Mills/Front Street, 2009)
The otherwise uninteresting, unbalanced cover image above (Wild Things) redeems itself with its zingy "ransom note" style title. Maybe. Do you agree?


  1. Carol, I am a sucker for fonts. I love the LULU cover because of the script with the curled uprights of the letters. And I agree--THE FIREFLY LETTERS does look like it could be fantasy. The fireflies look like eyeballs in her hair. Kind of disappointed that it's not a fantasy. Nice choices this week!

  2. Yes, I had assumed it was a fantasy. Never occurred to me that it could be another genre until I read the summary.