Your Favorites on Display

I’m trying to decide on my favorite covers of 2008 and get them down to ten (impossible!). In the meantime I thought it would be interesting to see all of your favorites (mentioned in the comments of Your Favorites) together. Lisa Chellman put her favorites together here. It’s pretty clear to me that it’s all a matter of personal taste – they are all very different. Think about that, and maybe you get an idea of how hard it is to be the designer!

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[UPDATE 1/14/09- While searching for something completely unrelated, I found this on Flickr – a photo “Originally published by Harper’s Bazaar in their December 1947 issue, and later by Sports Illustrated in 1955, it has since been used for a number of record covers” AND on the cover of the book Tethered!]

And these picture books:

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White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages (Viking):     It is 1946, and Dewey Kerrigan is now living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Dewey and her “sister,” Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town. Then, Dewey’s long-lost mother, Rita Gallucci, reappears in their lives.
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley (Little, Brown): After dying, high school senior Charlotte Usher is as invisible to nearly everyone as she always felt, but despite what she learns in a sort of alternative high school for dead teens, she clings to life while seeking a way to go to the Fall Ball with the boy of her dreams.
by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt): In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Curse as Dark as Gold
by Elizabeth Bunce (Scholastic): Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family’s woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price. Jacket design by Alison Klapthor, photograph by Michael Frost.
by Celia Rees (Bloomsbury): In 1794 England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father’s arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.
Generation Dead
by Daniel Waters (Hyperion): When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a “living impaired” boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
by Linda Urban (Harcourt): Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.
by Lauren Myracle (Amulet): Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother’s Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for Sandy, a girl obsessed with the occult.
The Brothers Torres
by Coert Voorhees (Hyperion): Sophomore Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie’s soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends.
by Amy MacKinnon (Shaye Areheart):
The Way He Lived
by Emily Wing Smith (Flux):
Breaking Dawn
by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown): Although eighteen-year-old Bella joins the dark but seductive world of the immortals by marrying Edward the vampire, her connection to the powerful werewolf Jacob remains unsevered.
The Curse of Cuddles McGee
by Emily Ecton (Aladdin):
The Order of Odd-Fish
by James Kennedy (Delacorte):Thirteen-year-old Jo suddenly finds her humdrum life turned upside down when Colonel Anatoly Kordakov shows up at her aunt’s party and announces he has come to protect her.
Roonie B. Moonie: Lost and Alone
by Janan Cain (Illumination Arts):
We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson (Jump at the Sun): Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (Hyperion):


5 Responses to “Your Favorites on Display”

  1. i do like the graceling cover, but each time
    kristin shares her austrailian (??) cover, i always
    am so intrigued. i’d love to see a larger version
    of that one. it catches my eye more.

    • I agree! The Australian cover is, I think, more interesting. I know a lot of people like the US cover of Graceling. It’s attractive enough, but not outstanding in any way – meaning there are others very similar.

  2. They are both beautiful in two different ways. The American cover has the prominent sword with the embedded eye reflection, which catches your attention. I personally like the back cover of this version even better with the horizontal section of the sword and the two different colored eyes reflected, but the Australian version of the cover gives a colder, harsher beauty. You want to know who this warrior girl is and why she’s alone in the wild ready to fight. They chose well for both covers and I don’t think I prefer one over the other.

  3. I’m late to the party, but I particularly loved the cover of Haymarket Books’s _The Democrats: A Critical History_ by Lance Selfa this year. It doesn’t come across that well on screen, but the donkey is really fun to touch!

    I just discovered your blog today and I love it.

  4. I’m even later to the party than the last Elizabeth ;), but wanted to give the credits for the cover of A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. The photograph was done by Michael Frost; the book designer was Alison Klapthor, and the art director was Elizabeth Parisi.


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