Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Art of Beatrix Potter

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!

I picked this up for Mum for Mother’s Day and it was too pretty not to photograph. Published in 2016 by Chronicle Books. Design by Jennifer Tolo Pierce, text by Emily Zach, forward by Steven Heller, introduction by Linda Lear and afterword by Eleanor Taylor. ISBN: 9781452151274.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

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!

This is a fun pop-up book that a friend picked up for me because I have a little collection going. This is a little mystery by Dial Books, published in 1991. It’s designed by Keith Moseley and illustrated by Linda Birkinshaw, ISBN: 0803710216.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Red As Blood

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!

As you know, I’m wild about the new Daw editions of Tanith’s work. I might have read Red As Blood back in high school, but I don’t recall any of the stories off the top of my head. I expected Redder Than Blood (which has another story or two compared to the first edition, I think) to be Mass Market sized and was surprised when it arrived and was so large. No, Amazon didn’t say it was Mass Market, I just wasn’t paying attention. But I don’t mind that the new edition is so huge because you can see Deharme’s gorgeous cover art even more clearly.

Red As Blood – Daw 1983, ISBN: 0879977906, cover illustration by Michael Whelan, interior illustrations by Tanith! (Can you imagine how excited I was to find out that she’s illustrated some of her books?)

Redder Than Blood – Daw 2017, ISBN: 9780756412517, cover art by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (so friggen in love with his style), cover design by G-Force Design

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Warren the 13th (The Whispering Woods)

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!

Once again, I’m featuring a fabulously designed book that I haven’t read yet. Sigh. I have at least read the first book (you can see a review/Judging post here) and I do mean to get to the sequel soon, but then again, I say that about basically every book I own. Warren the 13th: The Whispering Woods, by Tania del Rio, is a middle-grade book illustrated and designed by Will Staehle (whose work is friggen awesome and many of his covers can be found in my collection) and published in 2017 by Quirk Books, ISBN: 9781594749292. I absolutely love the style of Staehle’s illustrations here and while I hate to say it’s Tim Burton-esque (because I’m SO over Burton, despite loving his early work), but it totally is. The typography is excellent as well and I even love the column-style setup. These have to be some of the best designed middle-grade books I’ve seen.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Frankenstein

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!

This week I’m happy to feature another guest contribution from Zezee! You may recall a while back she sent me pictures of her copy of Lord of the Flies. Now I have the pictures she took of her utterly fabulous and grim edition of Frankenstein! All I’ve done is crop the images.

This is Gris Grimley’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus – Assembled From the Original Text by Mary Shelley In Three Volumes. Published by Balzer + Bray, illustrated by Gris Grimly, ISBN: 9780061862977.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Cinderella

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Camille Rose Garcia needs to illustrate EVERY FAIRYTALE EVER. Her work is so gothically fabulous. I want her to illustrate me!fairytale by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia (

The Cinderella fairytale is by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia (kweeeeen!), jacket design by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, published in 2015 by Harper Design. ISBN: 9780062333919.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Madame Two Swords

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Somewhat recently I got it in my head to search for a signed Tanith book – why didn’t I think of this idea sooner? No clue! I’m not always that smart xD

I was able to score this beauty off eBay – it was one of the only reasonably priced ones at the time – and while Tanith’s signature is a diddly friggen squiggle, I DON’T CARE BECAUSE SHE IS MY GODDESS. At least I own something of hers that’s signed now and this is a neat edition because it’s also signed by the illustrator (Thomas Canty) and numbered and it’s a first edition. It’s a 1988 (great year!) edition, published by Donald M. Grant, ISBN: 0937986798. The cover even has some nice gold accents that were frustratingly hard to capture.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: More Charles de Lint

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Charles de Lint is one of the authors that I hoard (and am sadly totally behind in actually reading) and I was happy to find both these illustrated companion novels on BookOutlet. Both books are published by Little Brown and illustrated by Charles Vess with cover design by Saho Fujii. Cats was published in 2013, ISBN: 9780316053594. Sisters was published in 2014, ISBN: 9780316053525.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Snow White

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Oh the divine artist that is Camille Rose Garcia! Longtime readers may recall my Judging Post on her edition of Alice in Wonderland – now here’s Snow White! The insipid, cabin-dwelling, chore-loving princess is brought to a creepy new light with this awesomely designed edition. Not only is the artwork fabulous, but I love the overall layout of the pages and the typography as well. A drool-worthy edition to be sure. She simply needs to illustrate every fairy tale ever! This beauty was published in 2012 by Harper Design, (obviously) illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia with jacket design by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. ISBN: 9780062064462

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Ray Bradbury

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I don’t recall where I purchased these editions, but they were too pretty to resist. I’ve only ever read Fahrenheit 451 and I wish there was a matching edition of that because these covers are wonderfully designed. Both books were published in 2011 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. The books are designed by Kellan Peck with a cover design by Adam Johnson. The Illustrated Man, ISBN: 9780062079978. The Martian Chronicles, ISBN: 9780062079930.