Where DO cover designers get their ideas?
Once again, there are so many gorgeous new covers that we're posting them over two days. Today's focus is on the graphic solutions designers chose to highlight their books' tone, plots and themes. Is the book funny? Hopeful? Scary? Complex? The design says it all. Tomorrow we'll look at critters and characters highlighted on fall MG covers.
These covers hit the shelves between July 1 and December 31. If we missed one, tell us about it in the comments, with a link if possible.
I have to say, I'm taken this time with the towering-over-or-falling-on-us theme. Danger obviously is imminent--how can you not grab these books and read all about it?
You can see the covers are after the break. Which are your favorites?
A frame makes things nice and safe
Or . . . not
It's all about gorgeous atmosphere
No, no, no, it's all about weird light
Or maybe just a light bulb
Or a bolt from the blue
Sometimes the font says it all
Ever notice that red rhymes with dread?
Or undead. Also, Ed.
Silhouettes are golden
The eyes! The eyes!
Do you sense something, I dunno . . . looming?
Like, really tall or falling on us from the sky?
Oh, never mind. Here's a nice, jolly cartoon
Ellen Booraem is the author of THE UNNAMEABLES, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, and the upcoming TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (August 2013). She lives in Downeast Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at www.ellenbooraem.com.