Monday, July 18, 2011

Bookish Images Monday (E. Nesbit)

Cindy of Cindy's Book Club hosts Bookish Images Monday. I thought I would participate today and focus on book covers. Specifically book covers for E. Nesbit's Five Children and It.

Covers 1 - 3. I liked the first one (left) because the period detail seems better than it is in most. It includes all five children (Lamb is in one of the girl's arms), and It. The middle one, well, there's something about it that appeals to me. Perhaps because it shows the moment of discovery? Or perhaps because it is at least trying to show some emotion? Or maybe because Lamb looks adorable? The third one is one that is definitely a bit different. The more I look at it, the more I can't decide if it's a good different or a bad different. I do like Lamb in it, however! It does NOT give you a clue what the book is about though. So there's that to consider.

Covers 4-6. The fourth cover (the left) disturbs me. Can you guess why?! The children are ALL wrong! There are supposed to be TWO girls. And they show three BOYS. Yes, Lamb is a boy, but he is a baby. The fifth cover (middle) would never be a favorite of mine. Though it is a chubby looking It! The sixth cover is just obnoxious, at least to me!

Covers 7 and 8. These two show us the Sand Fairy. One is a bit more mysterious than the other. Which is your favorite?

Covers 9 through 11. These don't exactly excite me. But they don't scream awful either. The middle one is the one I like least. You can't tell when it's that small, but there is something *frightening* about their faces. They definitely DO NOT look like children. Just look at the larger image on Amazon.

There are more covers to explore on LibraryThing.

Do you have a favorite cover? Which one is the worst?

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Cindy Swanson 8:33 PM  

This is fascinating--especially since, as I told you, I loved this book as a child. However, interestingly enough, I don't think any of these covers are the one I had as a child. I'll have to see if I can find one. I seem to remember a green cover. However, I had another book by E. Nesbit--I think it was called The Railway Children--and I may be getting the two mixed up.

Thanks so much for participating in my bloghop! Maybe it will pick up speed if I keep doing it.

Cindy @ Cindy's Book Club

Cindy Swanson 8:35 PM  

Sure enough, I went to Library Thing and found my cover! Thanks for mentioning that site, by the way...I had never heard of it...awesome!

Anonymous,  2:46 PM  

The cover of my copy (in Swedish):

It's one of the original illustrations (just in case yours didn't have them), only coloured in.


Stephanie 7:27 PM  

So interesting! I love how many different covers there are for older books.

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