Top Ten Tuesday: Judging a Book by Its Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.

This weeks theme is a Freebie with the theme of Book Covers. Now back in August I tweaked a Top Ten Tuesday prompt to show some love for some of my favourite Cover illustrators, designers and typography artists.

Today I’m going to revisit this idea featuring new covers and some new artists too and we can all wince again at how bad I am at describing art!

Kathrin Honesta

soft graphic shapes and brooding mood

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear, No Ballet Shoes in Syria (Typography by Anneka Sandher) and the forthcoming Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things

Jamie Gregory

Illustrator and Designer that makes cover magic.


Alice Broadway’s Ink Trilogy, Wildspark (Illustration by George Ermos) The True Colours of Coral Glen & forthcoming Hold Back the Tide

Karl James Mountford

Bold Graphics and Quirky with a dash of darkness

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, Potkin & Stubbs series, A Place Called Perfect, The Uncommoners, FrostFire

Samuel Perrett

Illustrator & Book designer wizard who always seems to capture the magic and feel of a book

Twitter – an Article on his process using Viper development as example

Viper, Venom, The Strangeways Travel Agency (Illustration by Natalie Smillie) Where the River Runs Gold (illustration by Evan Hollingdale)

Flavia Sorrentino

The Queen of the Hidden Dust Jacket but also bright, angular and vibrant with a sense of movement


The Train to Impossible Places, Princess BMX, Bloom, the upcoming Storm

Sandra Dieckmann

Dreamy, Airy and Pensive illustrations often with natural themes and a intricate heart


Nevertell, The Wild Folk, Wild Folk Rising, The Girl with the Sharks Teeth, The Ice Bear Miracle and her own picture books such as Leaf and the Dog that Ate the World

Manuel Šumberac

Shadowy Silhouettes and Skylines with a magical glow


The Nowhere Emporium and ElseWhere Emporium, Ned’s Circus of Marvels series, Orphans of the Tide, The Dalemark Quartet

Alex T Smith

In addition to his own projects, Alex T Smith has illustrated a number of covers in his Quirky and wryly observant style with plenty of playfulness

Grave Matter, Eva Ibbotson collection, Demelza and the Spirit Detectors along with collaborations such as Foxy Tales plus plenty of his own illustrated works such as Claude & Mr Penguin.

Elisabetta Barbazza

A fantastic designer that really captures childhood wonder in a book cover


iCosmo (illustration by Ben Mantle), The Dragon in the Library & The Monster in the Lake (illustration by Davide Ortu), Princess of Pets series (illustration by Olivia Chin Mueller), Max the Detective Cat (illustration by Nicola Kinnear), No Ballet Shoes in Syria (illustration by Kathrin Honesta & Typography by Anneka Sandher) The Boy who Flew (illustration by Ben Mantle)

So, how did you interpret this weeks prompt?

Have you read any of these books?

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Judging a Book by Its Cover

    1. They are marvellously quirky. Storm is due out this year and is about a ghost with anger issues and bloom is about a girl who unknowingly releases a curse where everyone’s hair turns to plants that are based a bit on their personality.


  1. So many gorgeous covers here – Wild Folk is a particular fave I think Sandra Dieckmann’s art is stunning.
    I love how they’re all so different but all have the feel of both their creator and the stories they’re illustrating!

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