Judging A Book By Its Cover: Alternate Austens

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: BabyLit Books

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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 week I’m focusing on some of the most adorable books I’ve ever seen – the BabyLit series published by Gibbs Smith, written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. I don’t even have children, and I already own five of these adorable books! (Hopefully someday I’ll have the whole collection!) I bought Dracula for a friend’s child, and let me tell you, I had a hard time not keeping it for myself! They’re a whimsical nod to classic literature and they actually focus on different learning aspects, like counting, colors, and rhyming – so educational! They’re sturdy board books as well – great for younger readers! They range from about $5-$9 on Amazon – depending on whatever Amazon…depends…on.

As a side note, I’ve started using my DSLR for these pictures, instead of my phone and I may have gone a little overboard taking pictures – I was just having so much fun!

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Pride and Prejudice, Counting, ISBN: 9781423622024

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Sense and Sensibility, Opposites, ISBN: 9781423631705

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Jane Eyre, Counting, ISBN: 9781423624745

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Alice in Wonderland, Colors, ISBN: 9781423624776

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Sherlock Holmes, Sounds, ISBN: 9781423634119

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