Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Covers I Heart

Favorites of 2011--Part Three--Carol's Picks

Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks
(FSG-BYR, 2011)

Four things that attract me to a book's cover:

1. Originality. How many photos of body parts will it take before the book-buying public and cover designers tire of it?

2. Kid Appeal. Sure, this is guesswork, but I try to choose covers that I think will draw the eyes of children and teens when they browse the shelves.

3. Graphic Appeal. Use of shape, form, negative space, etc. which create visually stimulating covers.

Wither (Book I of the Chemical
Garden Trilogy)
by Lauren DeStefano
(Simon and Schuster BYR, 2011)
4. Cuteness. Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for cute. Can't resist a mouse in a traveling suit. (See Richard Peck's latest, below.)

Love the way Wither's cover (above) incorporates both soft ruffles and clean, geometric lines.

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck
Illus. Kelly Murphy
(Dial, 2011) 

Another clever cover from author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers incorporates both depth and whimsy.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
(Philomel, 2011)

This one (below) is just as visually clean and delightful inside as it is on the cover:

Just a Second: a Different Way
to Look at Time
by Steve Jenkins
(Houghton-Mifflin, 2011)

Next year (next week), YOUR favorite covers of 2011! There's still time to tell us some of your faves in the comments below.

Wishing you happy reading in 2012!

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