I’ve been blogging for just about a year now and, during this time, I am gradually appreciating just how important the cover designs are and just how much thought goes into each one. So I thought I’d take a moment to celebrate some of the truly brilliant covers that have passed through my hands. My favourites complement their novel’s theme and genre whilst creating a stand out design to attract the browsing customer.
In no particular order, my top five are:
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard. These gorgeous illustrations are by Barcelona illustrator, Julia Sarda Portabella. A link to her website is here. I love the whole joie de vivre of the concept including the fore edge decoration – which is an added bonus.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. The UK cover was designed by Cherie Chapman from the Harper Fiction team featuring an illustration by Philippines-based artist, Kerby Rosanes; it’s absolutely brilliant. A real asset to the novel. Here’s a link to Jay’s blog post where Cherie describes the design process. I think it is so much better than the US design.
Blade and Bone by Catherine Johnson. I loved this cover with its old engraving style and the clever use of colour to create a Tricolour impression. The wonderful illustrator is Royston Knipe. His website is here.
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. With Peter’s visual background in animation, it’s not surprising that the book has a great cover created by Kath Millichope, Fiction Designer at Usbourne. There’s a lovely post by Middle Grade Strikes Back which includes an interview by Kath and the design animated by Peter. The illustrations are by a wonderful American artist, Becca Stadtlander. Her work really enhances the story. You can see more of it here.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I thought, on first picking it up, this was an old Fifties style design. Of course, it’s a stylish remake by the Italian twin sisters, Anna and Elena Balbusso. Their website is here.