13 February 2013

Cover to Cover, Shore to Shore (more U.S. vs. U.K. book covers)

As someone who could spend (and has spent) hours looking at book design, I love The Millions' annual comparison of U.S. vs. U.K. book covers.  Inspired by the post, here are the U.S. covers of some of the past Newbery Award winners and their alternate covers from across the pond.  

U.S. versus U.K. Book Covers
(U.S. left, U.K. right)

The U.S. version is both playful and mysterious. The U.K. version is a Brendan Fraser movie.
Winner: U.S.

The U.K. version is more stylish and less blatantly angtsy.
Winner: U.K.

Wasn't a big fan of either... and then I noticed the silhouette on the U.S. version.
Winner: U.S.

Both get the job done, but the U.S. version has more charm.
Winner: U.S.

Eh, both kind of look like album covers for discarded Pink Floyd albums.
Winner: None

The U.S. version is a bit cartoonish, but at least it doesn't make me want to cry.
Winner: Daisy from Downton Abbey

Full disclosure: I grew up subconsiously thinking the bearded old man was Lois Lowry.
Winner: U.S.

The U.S. version focuses on "plain", the U.K. focuses on "tall".
Winner: U.S. (This one is a pure nostalgia choice.  Sorry, U.K.)

Final Score
U.S.: 5
U.K.: 1
None: 2


aquafortis said...

Ugh, Sarah Plain and Tall was my bane as a kid. You have no idea how many times I got called "Sarah Plain and Small." Sigh...

Minh said...

Kids can be so cruel. And it's such a crapshoot--Just think of all the Ivans out there who will now be called "The One and Only Ivan" (though it would be sad if there's a second Ivan and he only gets called "Ivan" or worse "The Other Ivan").