Cover Controversies

Cindy: We have a friend who authors the blog, 100 Scope Notes, who occasionally reports on book covers that feature similar jacket art. Travis Jonker is an elementary librarian with a great writing style and awesome sense of humor and literary taste. In addition to great book reviews you’ll find “Sunday’s Link du Jour,” “Nonfiction Monday,” “Arc Giveaways,” and much more fun. Besides sending you to check out his work, we couldn’t think of a better compliment than to rip off one of his ideas and post our own Cover Controversy. Two, count ’em, TWO YA spring titles have aqua blue covers with Oreo-type cookies featured. Check it out:

Lynn: Hmmm…interesting that the covers WE noticed had cookies on the cover! And, in the spirit of the funny site “how you eat your Oreo,” tell us about your reading habits. Do you read your books straight through, or do you read the ending first? I sometimes peek (especially to see if the dog dies) but Cindy never peeks.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1.' Morgan says:

    I peek! I have to or else the suspense is often too much! 🙂

  2.' Scope Notes says:

    Wow, thanks for the endorsement. I wholeheartedly approve of pointing out similar covers. I also wholeheartedly approve of Oreos, so this post really couldn’t be any better.

  3.' Laura says:

    I picked up both of these ARCs and wondered what was up with the cookie books! I NEVER look–my former assistant ALWAYS LOOKS. She reads the end in order to decide if she wants to read the book. She also watches the end of a movie to decide if she wants to watch the whole movie. It drives me crazy! 🙂 Thanks for the blog recommendation and congrats on the shout out in AL Direct!

  4.' Pam L. says:

    Okay, I admit it, I peek sometimes, especially if I have grown attached to the protagonist and want to see if they are happy (or alive?) in the end. Never peeked on any of the Harry Potter books, though.

    And lately, I’ve been looking to the end to see how many pages, and, to my surprise, sometimes my eye wanders to the last sentence or two. But I’m not really reading the ending, any more than counting calories when I eat broken cookies.

  5. Pam, you have nailed it. That is when I peek too – when I am attached to the protagonist and really worried that they won’t make it. I don’t really read the resolution – I just look to see if the character is speaking at the end (or barking).

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