We all judge books by their covers, so let’s not futz about whether or not we ought to. In the realm of children’s literature, especially where the picture book is concerned, certainly it would be almost foolish not to in so many cases. That said, a horribly stupid, even downright embarrassing cover won’t always keep me away (see my four star reviews of the Hex Hall books *cough cough*), though it may seriously encourage me to download the e-book version of a title. A beautiful cover, however, makes the book an object to covet.
Fortunately for my wallet, practicality (sometimes known as a lack of upper body strength) has had it’s sway with my book buying; I’ve moved too too many times (and will be once again come June) and lugged my books to too too many places to fall prey to my heart’s aching pangs to fill my already-full shelves with every lovely hardcover title I come across. Which is probably why I’m so inclined to share these with you, internet. If they can’t be found stacked in my apartment, they should at least be plastered across my blog for us to all oogle over. Besides, the fact is, I don’t necessarily even want to read all of them, as is the case with The Girl With Glass Feet; the majority of times I’ve picked up fairytale retellings, I’ve been underwhelmed by them (exception to the rule: A Tale Dark & Grimm), but something about the paperback cover makes me keep fighting with myself over that fact…
Creepy, feminine, and fantastical.
Girl With Silver Eyes cover art by Jason Chan, whose art for The Kneebone Bone encouraged me to read the book, and whose art for The Girl Who Could Fly keeps drawing my eye (I had no interest in reading prior editions of the book) | Swamplandia! cover art from an 1899 work by Luther Daniels Bradley titled Illustration Depicting Two People Threatened by an Alligator | Pegasus cover art by Elisabetta Sinopoli | My Mother She Killed Me… cover art by Julie Morstad
I’d love to give credit to all of the talented artists, letterers, and designers that made these BUT YOU CAN’T FIND THEIR COPYRIGHT INFORMATION IN HALF THE BOOKS! Nor on the internet! Unbelievable!
Kat, Incorrigible (or A Most Improper Magick in the UK) by Stephanie Burgis was blessed with a truly adorable jacket (and nice font choices on the inside as well, btw!):
Fifty pages in and the book is a delight, by the way. Like Pride & Prejudice meets A Great & Terrible Beauty meets… err.. I dunno, I’m only 50 pages in, after all.