One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover:  the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.

THE NIGHT GARDENER, by the Fan brothers

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.


My impression:  I am a librarian by training, and early literacy is something about which I am incredibly passionate. Children’s books play a pivotal role in developing an early love of reading, and I frequently peruse the picture book section in bookstores. This is one of my favorites that I have stumbled upon recently. The design is simple:  a boy (dressed in clothes that make me think he lives in a previous era), a tree (painstakingly groomed into the shape of a wise owl), and the moon (which creates a brilliant glow that appears to beam off the cover). But these elements come together to form a whimsical, quiet, elegant picture that captures the imagination (of readers young and old).


Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers:

The Maiden’s Court

A Bookaholic Swede

2 Kids and Tired

A Literary Vacation

Layered Pages


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