Saturday, February 07, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-05

Book covers have always intrigued me by their power. They can make you want to read a book. Or they can make you not want to read a book. Granted most of the time, I encourage people to not judge a book by its cover, but just for fun I thought it would be cool to air some judgements...hence this week's weekly geeks question.

You might be interested in reading my post, "What's In A Cover" (about Gone With The Wind) and "BTT: Judging A Book By Its Cover" (about The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe).

This time I'm going to go with another classic--one of my favorite books. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Anne of Green Gables

The first one I'm highlighting is the Puffin Classics edition which released in September 2008. Even though I own several copies, it tempts me because I so love Lauren Child's art.

Book Cover - Anne of Green GablesBook Cover - Before Green Gables

The art from this one comes from Lauren Bishop. It is for the UK re-release of Anne of Green Gables. She's also done the cover for the UK release of Before Green Gables. So my guess is that both of these would be newish covers (2008-2009ish)

A cutesy-2008 cover

Cover Image

Here is another cover from 2008, this one published by Random House. It is interesting to see an Anne not in braids, isn't it. But I don't think her hair is quite carrot enough.

Here is one from seems a bit strange to's not that it's just doesn't say Anne to me...

Other covers, older covers... cover of: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe Annotated Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Book Cover generation has seen Anne in its own image in various reprints of the classic.

I did find a great website that has tons of book covers for each of the books.

Anne of Green Gables cover printed 1935Anne of Green Gables cover printed 1934Anne of Green Gables cover printed 1970sAnne of Green Gables cover printed 1946Anne of Green Gables cover printed 1961

Some of these have been more attractive than others...but I think the hands-down winner for worst cover is...

Cover Image

What say you????

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DesLily 6:08 AM  

Hi Becky: Well first of all, I have the 8th one down from the top ..solid green small pic in the center.. it looks very "classical" I sorta like the one right next to it too. Then skip the next two and the two under those I like of Anne sitting, especially the first one that looks like a hardback...
actually, I'm not fond of the first 5.

what really gets me is when I am very attracted to a cover and know I would NOT like the book! I find I still go back many times and look at the cover, like I am trying to convince myself differently!

Nymeth 6:48 AM  

Oh, now I want that new Puffin Classic edition! I love that cover!

Beth Kephart 6:58 AM  

I loved this post! And I vote with you on the hands-down worst. Oh. My.

Molly 7:11 AM  

I found this review of book covers fascinating! It is so true, we "shouldn't" judge a book by its cover, but it definitely sways my book buying decision (title - cover - first paragraph are my top three criteria). It is really quite interesting how different artists can interpret the same subject matter so differently (somewhat akin to how a movie director may interpret the content of a book differently from other readers).

Deborah Sloan 8:42 AM  

Lauren Child does Anne of Green Gables? Now that's a different (but welcome) look from the cover of my younger days. What a fun post to read and see - thanks for sharing.

Vasilly 10:22 AM  

You're right about the worst one. Who would want to buy that one? The book I read as a child is the 10th one down that looks like a painting. You're bringing back good memories. Thanks, Becky.

wordlily 10:48 AM  

Wow! That one with her grabbing the chicken — looks like she should be Pippi Longstocking, not Anne! What fun.

Ali 10:51 AM  

The first cover you highlighted brings up an interesting point--I don't like it at all because it doesn't look like a classic book cover (or Anne) to me--but I'm guessing that's what they're going for, so contemporary kids will be drawn to it? Somehow that doesn't seem honest to me.

Great post, Becky, and thanks for writing this week's WG question!

wordlily 10:58 AM  

The one I own is the 7th under other, older covers — with Anne sitting on a bench, with her carpetbag on her lap.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth 11:13 AM  

I love the Puffin Classics edition! I have the Aladdin Classics cover and I really don't like it. Too stock photo-like for my taste. (I needed a copy of the book for school, and this was the only one Borders had in stock the day that I went. Beggars can't be choosers.) I really like the fourth one you featured -- I didn't know Mary Engelbreit had done a cover for Anne of Green Gables.

Natasha @ Maw Books 12:19 PM  

Out of all of those books you don't have the one that I own which is the copy I grew up with. It has the first three books together, it's green with a photo of an Anne sitting down.

Joe Cottonwood 12:20 PM  

Interesting how much a cover can influence one's view of a book. Thanks for posting all those covers. Yeah, the last one is awful, but then the "adaptation" is probably awful, too (or maybe this is just an example of the cover influencing opinion of the story inside).

Suey 12:35 PM  

I'm being so impressed with all the covers everyone is finding. Wow, these are all so different. The one I have is of her sitting at the sation with the carpet bag on her lap. It's fun to see the "familiar" one in the midst of all the others.

claire 12:57 PM  

I love the second cover, the one by Lauren Bishop, with Anne under the shade of a tree with a picnic basket. I also love the second older cover, the green cover with the cameo of a lady's face, although it is a bit grown-up for Anne. From the website you linked, I also like the orange cover with the girl looking away, wearing a blue toque.

I agree with the worst cover! :)

Robin 3:50 PM  

My favorite is definitely the Puffin edition!

Staci 5:29 PM  

Ilove the 5th one !! This is a favorite book of mine too!!

Kerrie 5:37 PM  

Well done Becky. Who would have thought there were so many?

splummer 5:56 PM  

I'll have to agree with you on that last one being the worst. That's really bad! Not at all what I would think of as Ann of Green Gables. The copy I read didn't even have a book cover. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!


Erika Lynn 7:49 PM  

I own the one with the green border and her hugging a book in front of the house and for that reason its my favorite. There are pictures of me as a child hugging my books just like her because I loved that book so much.

Josette 10:57 PM  

In the 2008 cover, why is Anne looking away and only showing the back of her head? But nice hair and ribbon though!

I have yet to read one of the Anne books but my sis loves them.

Shelley/Chain Reader 12:32 AM  

Love the first one, hate the last one!

Robin of My Two Blessings 12:56 AM  

Wow - lots of covers and all nice except for the chicken one. I remember a different one - one I had years ago. It was real similar to this one I found on amazon

I didn't know there were so many different covers. Great job putting it together.

Mine is finally up now.

happy reading!

Lindsey 1:28 AM  

My favorites are the Lauren Bishop (love that font!) and the Mary Englebreit covers. Thanks for sharing this - Anne of Green Gables is definitely my favorite series ever written. :-) (Hence the email and blog title)

Kim 2:02 AM  

You are right. That is the worst cover for Anne I have ever seen! My favorite is the Random House cover where Anne doesn't have braids. I am sure there were so many Anne covers to pick from--I love Anne! I didn't discover her until I was an adult. I think I need to make time to re-read them one of these years.
This was fun post to read!

Jenners 8:09 AM  

Wow! What a wide variety of covers for one book! I loved reading this! Hard to pick a favorite! I definitely sometimes choose books based solely on the cover. And I get very attached to the cover that I'm used to, and it bothers me when I see the "wrong" cover. My least favorite are movie tie-in covers ... I feel like they cheapen the book. : )

Great post. I really enjoyed it.

Kim L 9:11 AM  

Wow what a variety of covers. And yes, that last one is UGLY. I find it interesting how a classic is "updated" by giving it a contemporary-feeling cover.

Chris 10:02 AM  

I really like the newer covers. I haven't seen any of those in bookstores.

Frances 3:55 PM  

What a great post! I am feeling very sentimental but charged up by that great new Lauren Child cover. Anne as I never envisioned her before.

Gavin 6:17 PM  

I love the first one and just bought 2 copies of the Aladdin Classics for our elementary level library. The Stepping Stones cover is horrible and I wonder what they've done to the text!

softdrink 10:51 PM  

I'm sorry, but the Mary Englebreit one is just wrong! And your choice for the worst...that's pretty bad, too. I'm most familiar with the green border and the one with the carpetbag on her lap...sentimental favorites, you know.

Awesome topic!!

Becky 10:58 PM  

I tend to agree with you softdrink, the Mary Englebreit one isn't doing much for me :) I grew up with the carpetbag one too--the movie tie-in I guess in some people's eyes. But to me, that's what Anne looks like :)

Linda 11:27 PM  

Oh there are too many good covers to choose from. Excellent choice!

"Confuzzled" Shannon 4:23 PM  

I like the newer cover except the first one.

A little bit of crazy.... 1:06 AM  

So many of those covers are beautiful, such as the annotated version, I would love to have them all but the last versions and definitely the chicken one I could pass on.

Joanne 12:20 PM  

That newer sepia tinted one with the chicken is rather unique... I kinda like it. Although the girl looks much more blond than red-headed.

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