February 3, 2009

Favorite Book Covers

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THE FIVE: Carly M.'s Favorite Book Covers featuring Madeline, Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland, Inkdeath, The Great Gatsby, and Artemis FowlSure, you've been told, "Never judge a book by its cover." But come on, we all do it. Who hasn't walked through a bookstore and immediately grabbed a book because of its captivating, intriguing, or eye-catching cover?

I know I'm certainly guilty of it, which is why I give you my five favorite book covers.

5. Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland (1993)

This cover immediately caught my eye for its comic book like style. Unlike the cover illustrations of previous Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland editions, this cover has a nightmarish quality to it, which, to me, represents Alice's frightened and homesick feelings. Because, really, wouldn't you be scared if you fell down a hole, had some strange encounters, and didn't know how to get back? Yep, that's what I thought. Cover art by Tony Ross.

4. Artemis Fowl (2001)

Not only is this a great book, written by Eoin Colfer, but its cover is eye-catching too. It has an old and ancient-like feeling to it, and yet it captured my attention for that very reason. To me, it looks like one of those valuable diaries you see in the museum. It's this authentic quality which I thought proved to be very alluring. Cover art by Tony Fleetwood.

3. Madeline (1939)

I absolutely loved these books as a child. Every time I would pick one up, I would have this overwhelming urge to go to Paris. All the book covers in the series are illustrated in a Cézanne-esque way and capture all the most significant and recognizable settings in Paris. Plus, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans made those blue capes and yellow hats look so adorable and chic. Cover art by Ludwig Bemelmans.

2. The Great Gatsby (1925, book for adults)

It's one of the greatest-written classics of all time, and it also ranks on my list as having one of the best original covers of all time. In fact, this cover is one of the most celebrated and written-about book covers in literature. The cover jacket was illustrated by an unknown artist by the name of Francis Cugat before F. Scott Fitzgerald even finished the book. Story has it that Fitzgerald was so taken back by the beauty, allure, depth, and sadness of the artwork that he used it as an inspiration in finishing his novel. Cover art by Francis Cugat.

1. Inkdeath (2008)

I'm not quite sure what it is about this cover — whether it's the colors, the hidden symbols, the beautifully-drawn artwork, or the elegant qualities it evokes — but the cover for Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke comes in at the #1 spot on my list of favorite book covers. To be honest, I have not yet read any of Funke's books, but just from looking at the cover, I can tell that it's a captivating story filled with magic, fantasy, and adventures. That being said, I'm definitely going to judge this book by its cover and pick it up the next time I see it. Cover art by Carol Lawson.

So, what am I missing? What books have you bought because of their covers?

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

  1. Laur

    ready freedy is sooooooooooo cool! why did you want you to make freedy? are you making more ready freedy books? bye!

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