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!
I bought this edition of Alice in Wonderland recently because the illustrations are lovely and it was only a few bucks on Book Outlet (man, that site is dangerous!) My version was a scratch and dent copy, so there were a few slices on the cover, but it’s a sort of puffy material, so I stuck a piece of tape over the cuts and they’re hardly noticeable – well worth it for the price. It’s an adaptation, meant for children and the artwork has beautiful textures and patterns which can be seen below. It’s illustrated by Manuela Adreani, published by White Star Publishers in 2013. ISBN: 9788854408203. This book is also huge – I set it next to Lilu for comparison, but it’s almost 15 inches high and almost a foot wide. Love it!