Monday, October 11, 2010

Things to be Thankful For

Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today and as the smell of turkey dinner fills the air, I'm thinking about things to be thankful for in the world of book covers.

Design
There are masters in the art of book design and Robert Chaplin is keeping the magic of the book alive through his beautiful offerings.
by Robert Chaplin (Library Edition, 2009)

Clarity
Grateful for covers that dare to keep it simple, bright and clear (enough said).

Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Vikings Children's Books (2010)

Collaboration
Something special emerges when talents combine, such as Jane Yolen's gift with words and Montreal illustrator Susan Mitchell's artistic skill. (Key Porter Kids, 2009)


Emotion
And finally, we can be thankful for covers that convey all the emotion contained in the story. On this cover, Lindsey Gardiner captures the tender and complex relationship between a child and her grandmother who is losing her memory.

by Laura Langston, illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner
(Random House, 2005)

Hope you are enjoying things you are thankful for today. Sorry about all the food references. Time to eat!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for your ongoing selections.

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  2. I'm in love with the cover of PUMPKIN BABY. Also, that's a really perceptive observation about MILE-HIGH APPLE PIE. Great stuff!

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  3. Thank you Sharon. I am lucky there are so many interesting covers in children's and YA literature. Narrowing down the selections is the difficult part.

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  4. Thanks Carol, Abby is wondering if we'll see a baby in the pumpkin patch this weekend.

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