World War Z by Max Brooks
Unlike any horror book I’ve read before, World War Z is eerily realistic. Positioned as an oral history of the zombie war, the book is made up of short interviews with various people from around the world as they recount their experiences to the author. It’s an awesome book which I highly recommend.
Today, I am excited to be taking part in the 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Blogs Tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
When I was asked to create an alternate cover for A Wrinkle in Time, it seemed like a daunting task. Such a well-known and popular book, I don’t know if there’s any way to do it justice, mostly because I love the original cover from when it was published 50 years ago so much. For my cover, I chose to showcase a tesseract (a wrinkle in time) in which the characters are able to travel through space and time. I’m also fairly sure a Newbury award shouldn’t be sliced into, but you can’t control those tesseracts!
Find out for yourself what there is to love about Charles Wallace and A Wrinkle in Time in the new 50th anniversary edition, now in stores everywhere!
The new, 50th anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time includes:
- Frontispiece photo*†
- Photo scrapbook with approximately 10 photos*†
- Manuscript pages*†
- Letter from 1963 Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats*†
- New introduction by Katherine Paterson, US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature †
- New afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voiklis including six never-before-seen photos †
- Murry-O’Keefe family tree with new artwork †
- Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech
* Unique to this edition
† never previously published
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
One of my favorite books growing up, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is the reason I still want to run away and live in a museum to this day. If you haven’t read this book, stop reading this and go get it.
My cover portrays the funky (and mixed-up) files of Lady Basil, combining my other love of card catalogs into some sort of dream cabinet that has various drawers of various sizes.
Inherit the Earth: Beach by Mauricio Bruce
My friend Mauricio has been working on a series of young adult books for the past several years. He recently submitted the first book to Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award where it was chosen as one of 50 semifinalists from amongst 5000 entries.
Regarding the novel, Mauricio writes, “After his father’s unforeseen death, fourteen year old Seth finds himself taking care of his younger sister and supporting his heartbroken mother at a remote beach house. When he starts having nightmares that threaten to take his life, and he finds his mysterious elderly neighbor dead, being the man of the house becomes a dangerous responsibility.
Meanwhile, in a world beneath the waves, Maya and Stela, two shy, young, teenage girls are tasked with saving the fantastic underwater city of Maris from destruction. Yet all is not as it seems as they delve into a mystery set into motion centuries before by forces they’re only beginning to understand. When Seth’s sister vanishes and Maris’s last lights are drowned out, the children despair as the weight of their actions crashes down on them.
As their paths converge, the children discover their missions are one and the same, and that no one is alone.”
You can read the first 5,000 words of the novel and view some of his other stories here.
Just as the challenges the main characters face parallel each other, I sought to parallel the two worlds where the story is shifting between (up on the beach and below in the water) for my cover design. The cover for book two, Jungle, is in the works.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Adult Covers) by Lemony Snicket
I remember reading an article a while back about the reason Bloomsbury released “adult” covers for Harry Potter over in England. It was due to customer demand that adult readers were a bit embarrassed to be seen reading “children’s books” around town. Thus, Bloomsbury released non-illustrated versions of the covers that had simple photographs and a more subdued color-palette.
So it got me thinking. What other popular children’s series would an adult be a bit embarrassed to be seen reading in public? And I immediately thought of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Not only are they covered in (amazing) illustrations on the outside, but have the extra bonus of being a teeny tiny postcard-sized book, telling those on the subway that yes, you read children’s books, and yes, 200 regular-sized pages is where you max out.
With that in mind, I sought to redesign the series for the self-conscious adult. Using the brilliant photography of Rodney Smith, I ditched the orphans on the cover and instead brought the focus of each to that of the illusive Mr. Snicket, observing the events as they happen, later to be retold in his unique prose. His identity in the stories is always in question, as his relationship with the events is shrouded in mystery. Because of this, he remains hidden from view from the reader, even on the cover.
The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
This is a new series I recently started (on book 2 now) after hearing lots of great things about it. It’s also being made into an HBO show that debuts this month.
Sadly, even though the series started 15 years ago and has been widely popular ever since, the various covers throughout the years have been pretty lackluster.
For my covers, I wanted to showcase the idea of these feuding medieval families that are constantly vying for power, but didn’t want to have knights on horses, epic battle scenes and the other visuals that are usually on these types of fantasy novels. So instead, I depicted the idea of house crests and the importance the author puts in each of the families and gave each of the 5 books a distinct color.
View all of the new covers in the series here.