Best Covers of 2007 – Part 1

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).

Isabel
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)

Underwater
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+)

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