You’ve seen it in cosmetics, Starbucks coffee cups, and even hospital scrubs, and now Pantone mania has infiltrated the children’s book section.
A series of literary classics cloaked in stark, plain covers are designed to look like the color-standard company’s iconic color-specification chips. Published by Puffin Books this month, the set is touted as an alternative to illustrated book covers that young readers have come to expect.
The project is the brainchild of graphic designer Danielle Calotta, who used a process of free association to come up with the color for each title. Some choices were obvious: green for Anne of Green Gables; black for Black Beauty; metallic gold for A Christmas Carol. Others titles were harder, like The Wizard of Oz, which is covered in a sunny yellow hue. “Some people don’t know that her [Dorothy’s] original shoes [in the book] were silver, but a lot of people know her ruby red shoes. Then there’s also Emerald City, but inevitably, we settled with the yellow brick road,” explains Calotta.
Patrick Ness has revealed the cover of his new book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, a story which asks the tricky question, what if you weren’t the Chosen One?
What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
Children’s author Judith Kerr – who, at 91, is the same age as Radio Times – has designed a festive treat to front our 292 pages of Christmas TV, film and radio
Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books today announces the launch of their annual , now in its second year, to discover talented new cover designers and illustrators.
The Prize challenges amateur designers and illustrators across Scotland to design the cover for a new edition of the classic Scottish children’s novel The Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Campbell McLean. The book will be published by Floris Books – complete with a cover designed by the winning artist – in autumn 2015 as part of their Kelpies range of Scottish children’s novels.
The winner of the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize will receive £250, and will work with Floris Books to produce the book’s final cover, which will have worldwide exposure.
First published in 1955, The Hill of the Red Fox is a classic Cold War spy novel set on the Isle of Skye. Floris are looking for an action-packed winning design that will bring the book’s sense of intrigue and mystery to life for a new generation of readers.
The Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize is open to all creatives who live, work or study in Scotland. The deadline for entries is 30th January 2015. A shortlist of entries will be announced in February with the winner announced at a reception in March.
Leah McDowell, Design and Production Manager at Floris Books, said: ‘Following the success of last year’s Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize, we’re really excited about starting the process for a second year. We were so impressed by the level of talent on display in the inaugural prize, and fully expect to see even more this year..’
Last year’s inaugural prize was won by Astrid Jaekel who designed the cover of award-winning author Joan Lingard’s The Sign of the Black Dagger.
A new cover design for the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has had a rough reception.
The cover photograph, which many of those quoted in this Daily Mail piece take exception to, was taken from a French magazine fashion shoot by the photographers Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello, entitled Mommie Dearest.
Anger over ‘sexualised’ cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Publisher’s attempt to make 50th anniversary edition of Dahl’s classic appeal to adults backfires
Penguin said the girl in the cover photograph was not intended to be either Violet Beauregarde or Veruca Salt, the spoilt young girls who feature in Dahl’s tale, but a representation of the ‘twisted’ parent-child relationships depicted throughout the book.
A gallery of ten Goosebump covers:
R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books have long been a staple for horror-loving children. Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the series introduced a lot of us to the macabre with (mostly) age appropriate tales of terror. As many as 46 books from the franchise have been ranked among the best selling children’s books of all time, and the stories have been adapted for television, with a Goosebumps feature film in the works.
For some fans, the covers of these beloved books are the best part: Tim Jacobus, illustrator of the original series, is a talented artist who brought Stine’s stories to life with menacing zeal. So in celebration of one of the most enjoyable children’s series of all time, we’ve collected ten of the most ridiculously awesome book covers from the original Goosebumps book series.
all 10 covers shown here: Ten of the Creepiest Book Covers from R.L. Stine's 'Goosebumps' | List | FEARNET.
The British Library has teamed up with BigStrawberry to produce a set of exclusive eReader and mini-iPad covers:
The British Library and bigstrawberry have now launched a new and exclusive range of eReader and mini iPad covers. Perfect for book lovers using a digital device to read, but seeking ways to still show their appreciation for the traditional.
The exciting range has been created by bigstrawberry using the inspirational and diverse collections of one of the world’s greatest research libraries, providing a unique and beautifully designed way for book lovers to protect their device and enhance their reading experience.
At launch the range will be available via bigstrawberry, the British Library shop and online store, and in selected retail partners.
Well, Non Pratt, commissioning editor of Catnip Books kept very quiet about her forthcoming novel from Walker when we met earlier this week.
Here Wondrous Reads does a cover-reveal on her blog, showing both the US and the UK cover designs.
And she quotes the synopsis:
When fifteen-year-old Hannah Sheppard discovers she’s pregnant, her life begins to crumble, and the people she thought she could rely on leave her floundering. She finds an unlikely friend in new boy Aaron Tyler, who up until now has avoided getting too close to anyone in case they discover the reason he left his previous school. An intense friendship develops between Hannah and Aaron – but will they ever trust the other enough to reveal the secrets they’re both so desperate to keep hidden?
Puffin has released the cover and title of the eighth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney.
The book will be called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, and feature a distinctive lime green cover.
Puffin will undertake its largest-ever print run for the book when it is released on 6th November 2013, with 800,000 copies being printed.
3 minute video about the way in which HarperCollins goes about generating book jacket designs…
BBC News visited HarperCollins publishers in London to find out how the book cover for Nathan Filer’s debut novel was created.