Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Abigail Spells jacket sketches

Sorry for the short post today, somehow I managed to schedule three outings in one day- this morning I had a school visit in Arlington, in a few minutes a college student is interviewing me for her research about kids books, and tonight I'll be signing books at the Wellesley book fair. After weeks of sitting quietly in my studio this is a lot of talking for me. Heres hoping I don't lose my voice!

In the meantime, here are some jacket sketches I've been working on for my new book. I think my favorite is the first one, what do you think?



18 comments:

gail said...

I like the first one best too. You can really "feel" the excitement of being there.

gail

Dana said...

I like the first one best as well, but they are all adorable. Maybe have the title be on a banner in the first cover- like the banners that they hang behind the kids a the National Spelling Bee (and at some local bees). It might make it feel more "contesty" instead of like a play.
Love it though!

Dana
www.readwriteknitpanic.blogspot.com

carterbham said...

I don't know, I kind of like the second one the most. I think it may have to do with the action that's going on in the image-- very playful and an intimate look at kids being kids. My favorite part in the third image is the one character holding the can of paint for the other.

Anonymous said...

No. 3! The chicken is active, purposeful, and engages the viewer. That's all you could ask for in a chicken. Or a cover.

Susan Sandmore said...

I love the art in all three. It's just really appealing and right up my alley. I do feel like the first one makes it look like Abigail is in a play, and the third like Abigail is an artist (is she?). Therefore, I guess I like the second one best. I think I would prefer the stage setting, but a more spelling-bee-looking pose. 'Course all this is from someone who doesn't know what the story is like at all! :)

Amy Timberlake said...

I'm voting for the 2nd one! I like that she's actually spelling...

kelmurphy said...

Second one is fabulous!

christine tripp said...

I pick number 2. I love the nervous exceitment of being on the stage, spotlights and all but number 2 is, I think, more warm and friendly perhaps. It's got so much going on in the scene, I can see it really standing out once coloured.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Anna,

I think the first is the most striking. I think the second would make a great title page.

Anna Alter said...

Thanks everyone, I love hearing all the different points of view! I'll let you know which one we decide on.

I really like the idea of having the title on #1 appear like a spelling bee banner, great idea! I'll mention it to the designer.

Anna Alter said...

ps. Elaine- The title page has a picture similar to #2, with Abigail writing on a chalk board. You read my mind!

alvina said...

I love #2! It's such a cozy image, and different, too, which makes it interesting. But all are great.

Daniel Mahoney said...

Hi Anna,
If the title page has Abigail writing, I wouldn't duplicate that on the cover-definitely have her up on stage in the midst of a spelling bee...maybe have it look like she is spelling out Abigail Spells, just not with a writing or painting implement. Can you put the title in a speech bubble and make it look like she's actually spelling it out? Just a thought.....
Anyway, the art is as charming as always!

Meghan McAwesome said...

First, I think they're all great... but my pick is #2. It's very different from anything I've seen lately--the composition is dynamic. It also really says spelling to me, while the others could be school plays, etc. Go with #2!

This is just my opinion, of course.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Another thought: I think #1 matches the book's theme of a child spelling words orally in a bee--and not physically writing words.

Meghan McAwesome said...

I don't know. Anyone looking at number 1 and not reading the title (maybe even reading the title) will think it's a school play - the bird is very theatrical, there are big spot lights, etc.

Grace Lin said...

I love #2, but I think #1 will be more eyecatching on store shelves. I think the common mantra is simpler is better for a book cover--less elements, strong color scheme, target focus. Not that you can't break the rules, of course!

Anonymous said...

#1 grabbed me with great energy.
#2 seems passive, to me.
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