Double Take, Part VI

This double take comes courtesy of the lovely Janssen. Like many of the other titles that have been featured as double takes, it seems crazy to me that two books can have the same cover and be published so close together.

Remember this title I reviewed? After the Moment features a distinctive cover:

Freymann-Weyr’s book was published May 18 of this year by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. I actually really liked the cover, as it captured a great moment of emotion, had a great color that stood out from the crowd, and, well, I’d never seen anything like it before. A refreshing change of pace, really.

But wait!

Get a look at Felicia C. Sullivan’s Sky Isn’t Visible from Here, published April 2009 by HarperCollins:

Yep, same cover, same girl, very similar color. The difference, of course, is the cropping of the picture itself.

Although I usually don’t have a strong opinion on “who did it better,” I think Freymann-Weyr’s cover is better because it better captures an emotion. I don’t like the cropped face in Sullivan’s cover because it shields an emotion in the book, and while I don’t believe as readers we should be hand held through character depiction, I do think that that emotional set up is a perfect rendering of the book itself. I haven’t read Sullivan’s book yet, so I can’t say for sure that the decision on cropping is representative of anything within it. Likewise, something else interesting to note with Sullivan’s cover is that this is just one of the cover variations — this cover is quite different and striking in a very different way.

What do you think? Who did it better?

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  1. says


    Thanks for featuring my book on your site! As the author of The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, I'm incredibly proud of the jacket, and feel it's emblematic of the themes within the book.

    I only hope people don't judge my book negatively without having read it, simply because of the fact that the image resembles that of another fine book.

    Cheers, Felicia

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