Archive for December 18, 2007

Best Covers of 2007 – Part 1

Posted in best book jackets, book covers on December 18, 2007 by Jacket Whys

Okay, so this IS just my opinion. But I looked at all the novels published for children and teens this year (well… I’m sure I missed some). Only three of my top ten favorites have people on them. The people are all photos rather than illustrations.
1. Isabel and the Miracle Baby by Emily Smith Pearce (Front Street 2007).

I am fascinated with this face. I want to know what she is thinking. There’s such sadness mixed with hope in this three quarter view. It is very popular to feature face photos on books and it doesn’t always work. It gets boring to see book after book with half and three-quarter face views. But this one really seems to say something about the story.

2. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford (Schwarz & Wade 2007)

Moxy Max
I like this cover for some of the same reasons as the one above. This young girl dressed in her blue bathing cap and red goggles just looks like a spirited child with problem. A reading problem. I am filled with compassion for her, before even looking at what the book is about.

3. Underwater by Debbie Levy (Darby Creek 2007)

Seemingly swimming in an aquarium, this boy seems full of mischief. The cover has a lot going on, but it’s so colorful that it’s just plain fun to look at. It does look a little young for a teen book…

Isabel and the Miracle Baby: Eight-year-old Isabel feels her mother no longer cares about her because she has no time or energy even to listen when Isa tries to share her sadness about being unpopular, her jealousy over her new baby sister, and, most importantly, her fear that her mother’s cancer will come back. (Ages 8+)
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little: With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book. (Ages 7-11)
Underwater: Twelve-year-old Gabe would prefer to spend his time underwater swimming with the fish and avoiding his family’s problems, until he begins working at the local aquarium store and swimming with the school swim team and realizes that life on the surface can be fun too. (Ages 11+)


Girls in Jeans

Posted in book covers on December 18, 2007 by Jacket Whys

Or…. I think they’re girls :) They have no heads, no legs. How It’s Done by Christine Kole MacLean (Flux 2006), The Second Virginity of Suzy Green by Sara Hants (Flux 2007), Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Delacorte 2007), and Snitch by Allison Van Diepen (Simon Pulse 2007) all show the torso of a jean-clad figure. The top two, both showing one hand behind the back seem to explore almost opposite subjects. Both are from the same publisher (same designer?). Usually when I find similar covers, they come from different publishers – so this is unusual. In both of the bottom books, the title appears as a tattoo. Reminds me of the fist books – title written or tattooed on skin. Magical tattoos and gangs are the subjects here.

How its Done Second V

Tattoo Snitch

These books join the trend of cut off body parts on book covers for teens that I’ve noticed and heard referenced by one art director. I wonder if this attracts teen girls?

How It’s Done: Eighteen-year-old Grace, raised in a fundamentalist home, makes a bid for personal freedom by becoming involved in an affair with a much older college professor, and soon learns she has traded in one kind of prison for another. (Ages 14+)
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green: After moving to Adelaide, Australia, seventeen-year-old Suzy finds that completely transforming her life — including joining a Virginity Club and running for class office — has its challenges, especially when a boy from her past recognizes her and asks her out. (Ages 14+)
Tattoo: When four fifteen-year-old friends share the temporary tattoos they bought from a mysterious woman at the mall, each develops psychic powers that will help them fight the ancient being who plans to wreak havoc at their school dance. (Ages 12+)
Snitch: This book explores the world of street gangs in Brooklyn, New York. (Ages 14+)