Can you count on covers? (135 out of 365) #blogaday

Very interesting points made! I have never really noticed the impact of a book’s cover, but children probably pick books they want to read based on what it looks like.

Nerdy Book Club

dark days both covers

Some books have a what I consider a “cover identity crisis.”  Covers communicate mood and genre and setting — and then there are those covers that confound.  The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is one such book with a confouding cover.  In hardcover, it features three cartoon-art friends, tiptoeing forward in what first appears to be a Hardy-Boys-ish sleuthing story for tweens.  In paperback, the cover is a brooding, black-and-white shot of an adolescent walking away from us down a railroad track.  It leave you thinking, “Why yes, those days must be dark!” But don’t let the cover(s) fool you.  In some ways, the book is neither a typical detective story nor a piece of realistic teen fiction, and in other ways it is both.  Part of what I love most about The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is its ability to dabble in a little bit of…

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