With the odd exception of her first novel, Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love (which I absolutely adored and found hilarious), YA author Maryrose Wood has had a tremendous hand with beautiful and alluring covers. These will mostly speak for themselves, with the tiniest bit of commentary from me at the end.
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out
(Berkley Trade / March 2007)
How I Found the Perfect Dress
(Berkley Trade / May 2008)
What I Wore to Save the World
(Berkley Trade / Dec. 1, 2009)
Talk about drool-worthy, eye-popping combinations of punk-rock glam and graffiti/graphic art bold. The juxtaposition of the real model with the painted doodlies remind me of Mary Poppins a bit. The colors just make these covers absolutely fun to look at. What do you think?
Oh yeah, that odd cover of Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love that I briefly mentioned back at the beginning of this post? It's the one on the right. Whaddaya think? Personally, I remember picking this one up because that totally bizarre and funny title attracted me. (Side note: I really enjoyed this book, and found it very sweet and hilarious. And it's not as racy or sex-related as the title may make you think. Check it out if you can!)
But I also love the way the words in the title are arranged in a rainbow-like manner: I'm the girl who makes it her task to rearrange her colored pencils in color order, and the one who occasionally organizes things by shade just for kicks.
One final thing: recently the fabulous Jenny of Wondrous Reads did a US vs. UK covers post on the Private series by Kate Brian. Guess who is on the cover of a UK Private book?
Yup, it's the same model as the one that's on the cover of What I Wore to Save the World, in black-and-white and without the weird hand and funky colors. Proof that book designers everywhere in the world can be creative with a limited number of stock photos!