Judging A Book By Its Cover: The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People

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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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This is a book that used to belong to my mum (and I’m not 100% sure she knows I’ve adopted it) and it contains various lore and poems about mythical creatures (like gnomes, fairies and elves!) as well as lovely illustrations. Published in 1978 by Avenel Books.

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