Recognizable Style: David Frankland

In my last post, I matched covers to a particular artist without knowing for sure it was the same artist. Thanks to Lisa Chellman, who identified the artist in the comments, I have now taken a tour through David Frankland’s work. I want to share some more of it here, because I know you will recognize many of these – and you can have the aha! moment that I had. It’s fun to have these all connected.
The style here is recognizable. But it seems there is enough difference from cover to cover to keep boredom from setting in.

I find the U.S. editions of Paul Bajoria’s series (below right) pretty unattractive. Too bad they didn’t have the British covers (left)…

Frankland has also done covers (UK) for some of Diana Wynne Jones’ books (Charmed Life, The Pinhoe Egg, for example) . They are also very different from the U.S. versions.

A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve (EOS 2007) Hungry City Chronicles: While dealing with people from their past and treachery from unexpected sources, Tom, Hester, and Wren return to save the world.
Double Life by Justin Richards (Putnam 2005) Invisible Detective series: After finding a mysterious stone and an old casebook, fourteen-year-old Arthur finds himself remembering the 1936 adventures of a boy named Art who, under the identity of the Invisible Detective, works with three friends in London to solve the mystery of sinister puppets who are replacing real people.
The Cabinet of Wonders
by Marie Rutkoski (Farrar 2008): Twelve-year-old Petra, accompanied by her magical tin spider, goes to Prague hoping to retrieve the enchanted eyes the Prince of Bohemia took from her father, and is aided in her quest by a Roma boy and his sister.
Highway Cats
by Janet Taylor Lisle (Philomel 2008): A hard-bitten group of mangy highway cats is changed forever after the mysterious arrival of three kittens.
The Animals of Farthing Wood
by Colin Dann (Egmont 2007, c1979 – first published for the adult market?): The animals of Farthing Wood attempt to reach the safety of White Park after a fire breaks out in their woods.
The Whispering Road
by Livi Michael (Putnam 2005): In Victorian England, poverty-stricken, orphaned siblings Joe and Annie escape from the abusive farmer they work for and try to survive in Manchester, with help from a friendly tramp, a mysterious dog-woman, and a renegade printer who supports the rights of the poor.
The Printer’s Devil
by Paul Bajoria (Little Brown 2005): After printing the “Wanted” posters for some of London’s most notorious inhabitants, a printer’s boy is entangled, by a genuine convict, in a series of mistaken identities and events leading back to the boy’s own mysterious past.
The God of Mischief
by Paul Bajoria (Little Brown 2007, c2005): The twins, Mog and Nick have to unearth the secrets of their past to escape the dangers they face in their present life.

2 Responses to “Recognizable Style: David Frankland”

  1. Ooooh. I really like his work! The color choices and stylizing are very dramatic!

  2. Very good covers. Except, I would not have known the title on that last one (US edition) had I not read it first in the UK edition.

    Loving the blog.

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