Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Search for Wondla

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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I picked this book up from Barnes & Noble years ago because I was drawn to the gorgeous cover art. Wondla is written and illustrated by Tony DeTerlizzi and published in 2010 (ISBN:9781416983101). It’s a fantastic middle grade story, and there are two other books after this (which I need to buy). Sadly the cover art has changed a bit for the other two books – they’re full color images that go straight to the edges of the book. Nothing wrong with that, But I liked this lighter style a bit more. Oh well, yet another series of mine that won’t match. The start of each chapter in the book features a two page illustration with a bit of text and overall the book is just fantastic to look at. I liked the story as well, but that’s not what these posts are about!

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