Friday, April 10, 2009

By the Cover: Silouhettes

I've come across several beautiful book covers lately that feature silhouettes.

The first was Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman. So when I saw the cover of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, that's what it reminded me of. (Fitting since Calpurnia is about a young naturalist.) And then I saw the cover of Patricia Wrede's newest, The Thirteenth Child. The striking thing to me about these covers is that they all feature silouhettes on a background that looks vaguely old-fashioned. Warm. Or kind of like old paper. Here they are:

I find it interesting that the covers have such similar styles and the books are all from different genres. We have a biography, a historical fiction, and a fantasy (albeit: historical fantasy... is that a genre?).

And then I started thinking and, though it's a bit different, you could add The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski to this list. New trend? Perhaps... Who's got other examples?

And Lisa points out:

The Manny Files by Christian Burch
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle


Lisa Chellman said...

The Manny Files, The Penderwicks, Highway Cats... I think it's definitely a trend. Some of these must have been created by the some illustrators, but I'm not sure which.

R.J. Anderson said...

Also THE DRAGONFLY POOL by Eva Ibbotson...

Tracie said...

I am very curious to know if these are all by the same illustrator. I'm thinking that it is not good for marketing purposes to have books (in different genres by different authors) to have similar book covers. However, I do like the silhouette images. I like the old time look of the books.