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TMI & Emily

Posted in book covers, double dips, girls, stock photos on May 12, 2010 by Jacket Whys

These days by the time I see a double dip (or some call them lookalikes) it’s on someone’s else’s book cover blog. But here’s one I haven’t seen spotted. What amazes me about these is how similar the cropping can be. I mean… does this photo model have a really weird mouth or something?
And so often, the chosen background color is the same, too.
Brand-New Emily (by Ginger Rue, Tricycle 2010, c2009) is more tan than TMI (by Sarah Quigley, Dutton 2009). Hair and eye-color has been changed. I always wonder how hard it is to do that.  Which one of these pictures is closer to the real girl?

TMI: Fifteen-year-old Becca has the habit of revealing too much personal information about herself and her friends, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her and she vows to stop “oversharing,” she does not realize that her blog postings are not nearly as anonymous as she thought. Ages 11+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Brand-New Emily: Tired of being picked on by a trio of popular girls, fourteen-year-old poet Emily hires a major public relations firm to change her image and soon finds herself “re-branded” as Em, one of the most important teens not only in her middle school, but in celebrity magazines, as well.  Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4.

Spot the Photo

Posted in book covers, book designers, double dips, stock photos on March 29, 2010 by Jacket Whys

Way back when I was in school for graphic design, we learned to make many thumbnail potential designs for the client. In my real life, I’ve worked with professional graphic designers a couple of times, and have been surprised that we were not offered many choices (or the choices were all on the same basic idea). So what I just love about the blog Beyond the Covers: Work and Musings from Ian Shimkoviak of theBookDesigners is that we get to see many possible choices for a cover that the designer is working on. Covers posted are usually for adult books – and this is the set for a book called Emma and the Vampires. I’m posting it because there’s something very familiar here…. see if you can find it [big grin].

Hide Me, Quick!

Posted in book covers, double dips, stock photos, trends on November 29, 2009 by Jacket Whys

When I was three years old, my dad took me trick-or-treating for the first time. I loved candy. Even so (the story goes), when I got home I dumped all my candy on the rug and separated it into piles, like with like. I couldn’t eat it until it was all sorted out.
This may have been the first hint that I would ultimately end up being a librarian. I loved categorizing and sorting things. Couldn’t play with them (or eat them) until they were in their proper order.
I’m guessing this is the same compulsion that pushes me to categorize book covers. The brain is a mysterious organ.
So I present you with another set – another mini-trend. It is a sly way to do the partial face thing – make the face unrecognizable by hiding a part of it behind a book (or a notebook, or a letter). The books: Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley (Wizards of the Coast 2008), The Rule of Won by Stefan Petrucha (Walker 2008), Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? edited by Marissa Walsh (Clarion 2008), and You’ve Got Blackmail by Rachel Wright (Putnam 2009).

I rarely see a book review blogger comment much on the cover, but a 20-something reviewer of Rule of Won had this to say: “I’ve always made a concerted effort to not judge books based on their jacket art, but I’m ashamed to admit that the cover of The Rule of Won is so uninspiring that I just couldn’t help it.” This reviewer was turned off by the brown-ness of the cover but is “happy to report that the contents of the novel are more appealing than falling in a puddle of sloshy mud.” (My advice to the reviewer: No need to be ashamed. Everyone does it…).

For some reason, whenever I pick out a composition that is used on teen book covers, I often find it used on books that refer to teens as well  – parenting books usually, but in this case, a book about writing for them. The stock photo here is the same as the one used on Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?

Sucks to Be Me: When sixteen-year-old Mina is forced to take a class to help her decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her life-long best friend and the boy she has a crush on versus new friends and possible boyfriends in her mandatory “vampire lessons.” Age 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Book Trailer. Interview with the author 1, 2.
Rule of Won: Caleb Dunne, the quintessential slacker, is pressured by his girlfriend to join a high school club based on The Rule of Won, which promises to fulfill members’ every “crave,” but when nonbelievers start being ostracized and even hurt, Caleb must act. Age 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Author interview.
Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?: Short stories by popular teen authors. Age 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3.
You’ve Got Blackmail: When she discovers that her loathsome English teacher is being threatened by an unknown blackmailer, Loz gets caught up in the mystery, with consequences both comical and truly dangerous. Age 12+. Reviews 1, 2.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks (Sourcebooks 2009): “Everything you need to know from crafting the idea to landing a publishing deal.” Reviews 1, 2.

Double Dip Outers & Other Linkage

Posted in book covers, double dips, stock photos on November 28, 2009 by Jacket Whys

A lot more outers of double-dips have cropped up since I started this blog (or maybe I just missed them before).

Here are a few to check out:
She Reads and Reads tags them “Similar Covers
Pop Culture tags them “Lookalikes
Today’s Adventure has a few “Cover Look Alikes” (you may have to search “look alikes”)

There’s an interesting set of covers at “Reusable Cover Art in Historical Novels: A Gallery” that resides on a library job posting site. And then there are single postings: at Scott Westerfeld’s blog, Forks High School Professor, Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life, Enough With the Fireflies! (I love them all) at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’,
A Salon article talks about cover look alikes. And a New York Times article calls cover double-dips “the publishing equivalent of arriving at a party wearing the same dress as the hostess.” It offers a good explanation for the phenomenon: “Top agencies charge $1,200 to $1,500 a photograph, and twice that for exclusive rights, a premium publishers are loath to pay.” Why of course. It necessarily comes down to $$$.

Other bloggers have other features. For “Cover Stories” look at Melissa Walker’s blog. Pop Culture also does “Hardcover vs. Paperback,” pointing out cover makeovers (I also love “Waiting on Wednesday,” a series highlighting new books yet to be released). General book cover stuff is here at Trashionista.

Double Dip & Twist

Posted in book covers, double dips, stock photos, symbols on September 1, 2009 by Jacket Whys

Here’s a double dip with a twist sent to me by Katie Spofford from Milford, NH. The same photo us used on the YA novel Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Hyperion 2008) and, flipped, on Delivering Doctor Amelia by Dan Shapiro (Harmony 2003).
Deadly LittleDoctor Amelia 1

And here’s the twist. The Doctor Amelia cover above was the 2003 original. The next year, the paperback came out with this  Hands With Apples cover.

Doctor Amelia 2

Thanks Katie!

UPDATE: The post from the first comment can be seen here. This photo really put in some mileage!

Deadly Little Secret: When someone starts stalking high school junior Camelia, everyone at school assumes that it is Ben, who is new at school and rumored to have killed his previous girlfriend, but Camelia is nevertheless inexplicably drawn to him.

Boots Quadruplet

Posted in book covers, double dips, stock photos on July 4, 2009 by Jacket Whys

Take a look at this amazing set of double dips, sent to me by Kerry from New Zealand (Thanks, Kerry!), a reader of this blog. The photographer who took this photo has apparently captured an iconic war image. What’s funny about the use of this image here, is that they look like World War I or II boots, and two of these books cover more recent wars. All except the Morpurgo book are published by the adult market. At least two of the three are recommended for teens.

xWar - from Amazon UK 0330433334Boots - In Country

Boots - Hiroshima JoeBoots - Beaufort

The cover of War: Stories of Conflict edited by Michael Morpurgo (from UK, apparently not in the US, Macmillan 2005) is a pretty straightforward use of the image. In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason (HarperCollins 2005, c1985), incidentally popular required reading for high school students, is a clear use of the Rule of Three. Hiroshima Joe by Martin Booth (Macmillan: Picador 2003, c1985) changes up the color of the photo by monochromizing it. And Beaufort by Ron Leshem (Delacorte 2008) intensifies the contrast and completely turns it upside-down. All except Hiroshima Joe, stay fairly true to the (probably) original colors in the photo.
Two of these are under the Macmillan umbrella, though one from the adult and one from the children’s market. And one available in the UK, but not in the US. So here’s the question. Is the use of an image tracked at least within a publisher and it’s houses? If so, are there rules of use?

War: Explores many aspects of war, featuring conflicts from the Crusades to 1970’s Beirut and the Falklands. (South Lanarkshire Council). Age: Teens. Reviews 1.
In Country: Vietnam War. Adult book, recommended for YAs by SLJ. Reviews 1, 2,. Censorship Attempt: Book Controversy at Delphi High (defeated).
Hiroshima Joe: World War II. Adult.
Beaufort: Set in Lebanon in 1999. Adult book, recommended for mature YAs by Booklist. Reviews 1, 2.

Irresistible: Another Double Dip

Posted in double dips, stock photos on June 21, 2009 by Jacket Whys

Can I resist pointing out a double dip?


Nope. For me, it never gets too old to point out!

Flirting with Boys by Hailey Abbott (HarperTeen 2009): Cover design by Jennifer Rozbruch. Photo by Getty Images.
The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti (Simon & Schuster 2009).

Beware of Hands With Apples!

Posted in book covers, book designers, color, double dips on May 16, 2009 by Jacket Whys

I’ve been hesitant to post a “double dip” that was brought to my attention by Jay Asher (though I thank him for sending it!). It feels a bit like cheating to put this book (you know the one) in a post. I love to see my stats shoot up, but HONESTLY – if you know what I mean.
So here’s  The-Book-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, and a book that’s not YA, Words to Live By by C. S. Lewis (Zondervan 2007). It’s not the same photo, but the coloring is similar. The crop is a little different. But I can’t imagine who would walk by this face-out on a shelf and not do a double-take. The image seems pertinent for the subject. You wonder how deliberately made this decision was. The designer can’t not have seen the other book…


And while I’m at it, there’s another similar situation that’s been sitting around in my queue. The most recent book in The-Series-That-Must-Not-Be-Named is slightly different in lighting and focus. Both it and  Taken by Edward Bloor (Knopf 2007)  are black, white and red, though subjectwise they fit into different categories – Taken in the category of Crime/Murder, and the other book in the Horror (kinda?) category. In this case, the other guy had it first!


Not surprisingly, the paperback edition of Taken, due out in December, has a completely different cover. Hmmm. I wonder why? ;-)

Taken pb

Taken: In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity M. is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.


Posted in book covers, double dips, symbols on May 9, 2009 by Jacket Whys

I think that a frame is a common enough item on book covers. Yet, using a frame within a frame can be very effective, and without seeming overdone. Each of these covers uses the frame a little differently. Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine (HarperTeen 2008) – a mirror? or an empty frame that makes the person behind it invisible? ; Matisse on the Loose by Georgia Bragg (Delacorte 2009), tipped and making it’s way out of the picture ; Heartsinger by Karlijn Stoffels (Arthur A. Levine, 2009) – interesting use of the cropped face ; and Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson (Viking 2008) – traditional frame and frame for the title.
An interesting commonality here is that these novels take place in coutries other than the U.S. (not sure about the Matisse book). And it may not surprise anyone that some of them have to do with art, artists, or art museums.



UPDATE (May 16, 2009): Well this is interesting. I just happened across this book, an April release from Canadian publisher Key Porter:


Me, the Missing: When a series of chance events leaves him in possession of an urn with ashes, sixteen-year-old Londoner, Lucas Swain, becomes convinced that its occupant, Violet Park, is communicating with him, initiating a voyage of self-discovery that forces him to finally confront the events surrounding his father’s sudden disappearance. Age 14+. Reviews: 1, 2.
Matisse: An aspiring artist’s daily routine of being embarrassed by his eccentric family is interrupted when he finds himself in the middle of an art museum fiasco involving Matisse’s 1909 portrait of his son Pierre. Age 8-12.
Heartsinger: In this meditation on various kinds of love, Mee travels across the country to the court of the Princess Esperanza, singing the life stories of some of the people he meets. Age 12+. Reviews: 1, 2, 3.
Vidalia in Paris: Teenage Vidalia’s summer in Paris studying art settles into a stimulating and enjoyable routine until she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious young man who seems to have ties to an art-theft ring. Age 12+. Reviews: 1, 2, 3.

Double Dipping?

Posted in book covers, double dips, stock photos on January 3, 2008 by Jacket Whys

These two covers are so similar, I am guessing the photos were taken at the same shoot. The young woman on Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci (Candlewick 2005) and the young woman on The Declaration by Gemma Malley (Bloomsbury 2007) look like the same person.

Boy Proof Declaration

The paperback cover for Boy Proof has a more interesting type treatment, but uses the same photo (it seems to be clearer, but that may be the cover scan). The British cover for The Declaration is completely different and gives a different sense of what the book might contain.

Boy Proof B Declaration B

I haven’t actually seen anything written about it, but I’ve noticed a huge increase over the last ten years in the numbers of book covers for children and teens using photography rather than illustration. With designers using stock photos more than ever before, it surprises me a little that we don’t see more book covers using the same photos or the photos from the same shoot. Do stock photo companies keep some kind of registry of who is using the photos that is available to designers? How much does price affect the choice to use photos over illustrations?

Boy Proof: Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and cinephile Victoria Jurgen hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy arrives at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies. (Age 14+)
The Declaration: In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient “Surplus” training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her. (Age 9-12) Jacket design by Donna Mark.