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!
[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:
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.
Graceling 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.
Sovay 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.
Bliss 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.
Tethered 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):