Example of How a Cover SHOULD Be Done
Here is the new paperback cover for Jenny Han's first middle grade novel, Shug.
What This Cover Is Doing Correctly:
- No dismembered females. You can see her face and, remarkably enough, HIS face too.
- Both a girl and a boy on the same cover and they're under the age of 14 AND they're not fighting aliens side-by-side? A true rarity.
- Love how they worked in the popsicle from both the book and the original cover.
- They don't look like models. Just regular kids.
- I like the expression on the girl's face.
- I love how they look exactly the right age. Twelve going on thirteen. I don't know the last time I saw a twelve-year-old actually looking like a twelve-year-old on a photographic cover.
- She looks happy. He looks oblivious. And that, ladies and gentlemen, could well be the theme of the book..