Carol Brendler over at Jacket Knack has a post about green book covers – do they sell? I’d been brewing a similar post, but hadn’t been able to find an article I’d read and wanted to link to, about the use of green in print. So the post sat in my queue collecting examples. Since I don’t have anything much to add to what Carol said, and I still haven’t found that article – I thought I’d just display some of the green covers I’ve collected.
So does green sell? Personally – it’s my favorite color (though perhaps not these particular hues of green). Stink City by Richard W. Jennings (Houghton Mifflin 2006) and Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor (Schwartz & Wade 2008) have not come out in paper (maybe Jennings just has trouble getting released in paper?). Does that mean they didn’t sell? Maybe The Last Mall Rat by Erik E. Esckilsen (Houghton Mifflin 2003) did okay – the paperback has same cover as the hardback.
Frank Peretti‘s Hangman’s Curse (Tommy Nelson 2001) was released again two years later, a movie edition, with a different cover – but retained the overall green. Five years later, however, the green was ditched for blue.
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume (Knopf 2006) ditched the green for this pastel cartoon cover, and Jumper: Griffin’s Story by Steven Gould (Tor 2007) went to deep blue.
So is the myth really busted? Maybe it’s still up for interpretation.
Stink City: As fifteen-year-old Cade gets involved in animal rights activism in his struggle to atone for the suffering of fish used in his family’s smelly catfish bait business, his neighbor Leigh Ann tries to keep him out of trouble. Ages 10-14. Reviews – few and far between (I couldn’t find any online, somebody should read it and write one!).
Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride: In this expanded version of the Andersen fairy tale, a tiny girl no bigger than a thumb becomes separated from her overprotective mother, has adventures with various animals, and records her feelings in a diary as she gains self-reliance and searches for someone to love. Ages 9-12. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4. Modern Interpretations of Thumbelina List. Book Gallery for Thumbelina.
Last Mall Rat: Too young to get a job at the Onion River Mall, fifteen-year-old Mitch earns money from salesclerks to harass rude shoppers. Ages 12+. Reviews 1.
Hangman’s Curse: When several students at Baker High School are stricken by an alleged curse of the school’s ghost, Elijah and Elisha Springfield and their parents, undercover investigators, are sent to uncover the truth behind the events. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The Movie.
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades: Cornelia, eleven-years-old and lonely, learns about language and life from an elderly new neighbor who has many stories to share about the fabulous adventures she and her sisters had while traveling around the world. Ages 10-12. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Jumper: Griffin’s Story: Griffin O’Connor, a boy who can teleport, seeks revenge against a group of men that is interested in his ability and is responsible for the deaths of his parents. Ages 14+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Movie Trailer.