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A Pack of Dogs

Posted in book covers, similar covers, stock photos, trends on July 16, 2010 by Jacket Whys

Recently Carol at Jacket Knack did a post called “A Clowder of Cats.” I’d never heard “clowder” before. But I learned it’s a real word for a group of cats. I could have said a drove of dogs, or a posse of pups, or some cute alliterative title. But alas! a group of dogs is a pack. So here’s a pack of dogs for 2010.
I just love the inquisitive look of the dog on How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) by Art Corriveau (Amulet 2010).  Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (Little, Brown 2010) is very bassett-y. The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens (Knopf 2010) reminds me of the beloved family beagle I grew up with. And Molly Moon & the Morphing Mystery by Georgia Byng (HarperCollins 2010) – well though she’s a cartoon, she fits right in here.

All of these covers use type playfully. Backgrounds are simple  and work well. I usually don’t like masked out photographs plunked down on bright backgrounds that have nothing to do with the light conditions in the photograph. But these work!
And it’s interesting that they all use wide-angle photos that emphasize the nose-y part of the dog. Even the illustration. Fun!

How I, Nicky Flynn: Moving to inner-city Boston after his parents’ divorce, eleven-year-old Nicky struggles to cope with the changes in his life, including acquiring a former guide dog that leads to a mystery for Nicky to solve. Ages 9-13. Reviews 1, 2, 3.
Smells Like Dog: When farm boy Homer Pudding’s explorer-uncle dies and leaves him a droopy dog with a mysterious coin hidden on its collar, it leads him to The City, where they meet Madame La Directeur, the conniving head of the Natural History Museum, who is trying to steal the coin and take Homer’s place in a secret society of adventurers. Ages 8-12. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Fast and the Furriest: The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is unexpectedly–and obsessively–interested in competing in dog agility contests. Ages 8-12. Reviews 1.
Molly Moon: Having acquired the skill of morphing, Molly Moon can inhabit any creature she wants but, unless she can find the ancient book of hypnotism in time, she risks never getting back into her own body. Ages 8-12. Reviews 1.

Similar Covers – Red Riding Hoods

Posted in similar covers on July 12, 2010 by Jacket Whys

Two books with hooded women, positioned similarly: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis (HarperTeen 2009), Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (Scholastic 2010).
On Never Cry Werewolf, it is apparently an allusion to the fairy tale, but not on Fever Crumb. Definitely check out this review of Fever Crumb. You will want to read it if you haven’t already. I purchased it for my library – someone had it on a summer reading list (yay!) – so of course it’s circulating. Having read the review by Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan, it’s now on my must read list!

Read the “Cover Story” for Never Cry Werewolf and take a look at the British cover for Fever Crumb.

Never Cry Werewolf: Forced to attend a camp for teens with behavior problems, sixteen-year-old Shelby Locke’s attempts to follow the rules go astray when she meets a handsome British werewolf. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Fever Crumb: Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Book trailer.