For my first attempt at judging a book by its cover, I’ve decided upon a personal favorite that I have read (and re-read) over the years: Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury’s overshadowed masterpiece (see: Fahrenheit 451).
It’s been around a long time so its cover has been reincarnated a number of times. I’m writing from my phone so enjoy these screen shots – I’m lazy (see: Bachelors in English Literature).
The most captivating thing about this cover in the notification that its intro is penned by King Stephen. The art itself has a Summer of the Monkeys vibe. But at least this rendition of Douglas knows how to firmly grasp his belt by the thumbs.
I actually kind of like this one. It’s a little misleading in that it appears to be about a boy who enjoys creating cryptic chalk drawings of crop circles, which in itself sounds like an interesting plot but is not a part of the actual story.
Easily the sexiest of the cover options, though why the cover of a book about a 12-year-old boy needs to be so erotic, I couldn’t tell you. I guess the marketing department was shooting for the good ol’ “sex sells” angle.
There are about a hundred other covers but I think I’ve judged a fair amount at this point.
More importantly, DW is innovative in its approach to make each chapter a self-sufficient and independent vignette on summer in small town America, and yet it all ties together in a seamless and breathtaking novel. This should be required reading regardless of the cover art.
But which one do you judge best?