Paperback releases of hardcover children’s fiction are quick little affairs. Don’t blink or you might miss ’em. And recently I discovered a host of new covers that interested me.
Let’s play compare and contrast!
Response: I was always very fond of the first cover, and for a little while it was the same look they gave to the paperback. I liked the coffee stains. The mug shots. I liked that all four of the main characters got their chance to appear and not just the white boy. Cover #2 is going for a kind of wacky the-world-is-my-oyster look with the flying papers all around. Sporting a bit of a mullet (student in the front, party in the back) he definitely looks like a contemporary kid. If I were a ten-year-old, I might incline towards Cover #2 more, if only because it has a frenzied glee to it lacking in Cover #1. But #1 will always have my heart.
This fun! Here’s another.
Response: Wow! Cover #2 is shooting on all cylinders, isn’t it? How many contemporary cover tropes can we cram into a single image? Count them down. There’s feet, for one. Feet are very big on jackets these days. In addition to that we have Decapitated Female, showing just bits and pieces of her anatomy. And then, of course, the coup de grace . . . . The Back of the Head shot. Brilliant! All kidding aside, again I’m going to say that Cover #2 is the one I’d reach for if I was a kid. I like the drawing of the universe on the ground. I like the blue filter. I even like how they curved the letters in the title to match the curve of her drawing.
Want one more?
Response: Real kids? Real kids on a cover? Who on earth managed to convince somebody to put real honest-to-goodness kids on a book jacket? These two don’t look like models. They look like you walked into a fifth grade somewhere, threw two spitballs, and told whoever they hit to come outside and pose for a cover. This may well be my favorite paperback cover of the year. I could only find teeny tiny versions of the previous versions of this story I’ve seen (and be grateful that they’re as small as they are). This one actually makes me want to read and reread the book. Who can I kiss at Puffin as a thank you for this?