Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Oughta Matter

Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
Deborah Kogan Ray, illus.
(Random House, 1998)
It's fall in Chicagoland. Time for apple cider and cinnamon doughnuts. (Okay, mostly cinnamon doughnuts, but hey.)

So what about apples and apple-picking picture book covers? Your humble correspondent set out for the orchard to see what she (me) could see.


(I brush hay off corduroys.)

There really aren't that many notable covers that feature apples out right now (unless you count self-published books, which we rarely do here). There's a gorgeous new-ish offering (2008), a picture book about Johnny Appleseed by the inimitable Jane Yolen and Jim Burke, but that's for another post. What follows is a gala display of covers with deliciously interesting art.

Didn't find many non-fiction covers of note, but this one is golden:

From Seed to Apple Tree: Following the Life Cycle
by Suzanne Slade, Jeff Yesh, illus.
(Coughlan, 2009)

Little Apple Goat by Caroling Jayne Church
(Eerdman's, 2007)

What's up with apples and mice?

Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple
by A.H. Benjamin, Gwyneth Williamson
(Sandy Creek, 2010)

Steven Kroll's The Biggest Apple Ever
(author/illustrator of the hugely successful
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever)
Illus. by Jeni Bassett
(Scholastic, 2011)

A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek
(Candlewick, 2004)

Gorgeous cover here, but of course we expect no less from Ted Lewin:

Eve Bunting's One Green Apple
Illus. Ted Lewin
(Clarion, 2006)

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