Cool Jewels – Designing the Cover for Dear Scarlett by Fleur Hitchcock
Found this while browsing the Interwebs today – it’s a guest post on Nosy Crow publisher’s blog by their author Fleur Hitchcock. It talks about all the different stages of her book gaining it’s own cover, all without the author and the artist ever actually meeting. Fascinating stuff, especially the bit about whether the pink cover suited the ‘not pink’ children of the story. It ties in rather nicely with a lot of talk at the moment about how stereotyped and gender-divided children’s publishing has become. It’s been bugging me for a while actually – I go into a bookshop, and in the kids section, especially Teen it seems, there’s a glut of books with covers that are all aimed at one gender or another, even if the stories themselves aren’t.
I think I’ll have a ponder over this for a bit more, maybe take a few snaps to show what I mean. In the meantime, go check out Fleur Hitchcock’s Nosy Crow post and ooh and aah over the prettiness – she’s absolutely right, red is a much better colour and really makes those illustrations pop!
How about you? Any of you people out there in the big old World Wide Web noticed the same thing? Is it a bad thing, or a good thing if the covers are aimed at boys or girls, and not both?