The Friday Face-Off: Cold and Crisp

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. Check out Lynn’s-Books for upcoming themes!

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing covers with a cold and wintry feel!

Fortunately, I had spotted White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi whilst writing another blog post and it was a perfect and beautiful fit for this week’s face-off.

This week’s offerings are the Picador 2009 cover versus the Picador 2010 coverΒ with artwork by Jon Klassen. Take a look and see which one is your favourite!

Picador 2009 | Cover #1

Picador 2010 | Cover #2

Artwork by Jon Klassen

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Both these covers are beautiful, simple and follow a similar theme. The Picador 2009 cover works in paper cut silhouettes with fruits, paintings and skulls hidden amongst the branches of the trees. The darkened house sits comfortably in the shade of the trees with the white trees shadowing the black in the foreground.

The wonderfully witchy typeface that graces both covers stands out in bold red on the Picador 2010 cover. The composition is a darker, more dramatic and more atmospheric version of the 2009 edition – The trees are tall, spiny and angular; the sky is a smokey, leaf blown off-white; and the house with its singular glowing window emerges from the dark, dark ground. As lovely as the 2009 cover is, it doesn’t come close to the more sophisticated and infinitely more creepy 2010 cover.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

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Next week’s theme is:


A cover featuring a pattern

Remember to check Lynn’s Books for upcoming themes

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23 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: Cold and Crisp

  1. My fav is the Picador 2009 cover. I just love that cover and have been tempted to by the book several times because of it. It seems more like a cute cover, which probably doesn’t fit the vibe of the story at all, but I can’t help liking the effect of the paper cutouts.

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