|The Mighty Miss Malone|
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Wendy Lamb Books, 2012
I wrote that having not yet read this novel, and with only a scant idea of the book's premise. I wrote it before reading this lukewarm-at-best review by Betsy Bird at the Fuse #8 Production blog. Apparently, Deza isn't quite as take-charge as the cover image suggests.
But I still love this cover. The muted blue-green background and the luminosity of Deza's skin jump out at you from across the bookstore. The way she is turning back to give you that Look--irresistible. Maybe she's about to tell you something. Maybe she doesn't have to tell you; maybe you just know from her expression.
Even if this model does have elastic in her sleeves, which, according to Betsy's source, would be unlikely during the Depression, I still love this cover. (Why not? Elastic has been used in garment construction since the 1820s. Was it scarce? Too expensive?)
Enough about elastic.
Except, did you know that Samuel Clemens invented and patented an elastic bra strap?
OK, no more elastic. Instead, this question for you, readers:
- Have you read The Mighty Miss Malone yet? What's your take on Deza? Does the cover do her justice?