Fuse #8

Monday, March 19, 2007

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:
  1. No dismembered females. You can see her face and, remarkably enough, HIS face too.
  2. 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.
  3. Love how they worked in the popsicle from both the book and the original cover.
  4. They don't look like models. Just regular kids.
  5. I like the expression on the girl's face.
  6. 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.
  7. She looks happy. He looks oblivious. And that, ladies and gentlemen, could well be the theme of the book..
I was a little hesitant to see the MIX label on Jenny's book, but it's on a cool eraser and, honestly, doesn't distract. Well done, all around.

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At 9:47 AM , Blogger Shelf Dust said...

Hmmmm...when did "kids in the grass" become a trend? Does anyone remember the covers for "The Secret Language of Girls" and "What I Call Life?"

I agree...this has dismembered females beat by a long shot.

At 10:16 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Good point. Don't forget the paperback cover of "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" as well. Usually it's just girls in the grass. We'll give points to this one for including a boy.

At 12:24 PM , Blogger L. Diane Wolfe said...

In the day and age of salacious YA books, this one gets points for the sheer innocence of the cover as well! Whatever happened to letting children be children?

At 5:41 PM , Blogger J. L. Bell said...

She looks happy. He looks oblivious. And that, ladies and gentlemen, could well be the theme of the book.

And of so many relationships.

At 12:33 PM , Blogger rebecca said...

mmm, I disagree. ...I like it as a picture. and it's great for getting fifth grade girls to read it. ...but the shiny white cover with the melty red popsicle is great enough that I managed to convince an 8th grader to try it--and a 7th grader--and they LOVED Shug. ....and there's no way they'd read this cover.


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