Books 556-560

 

If you could design the cover for a very well-known play

that had been made into a movie,

what would you design?

 

Something momentous, right?

Something ground-breaking.

Or earth-shattering.

Something that would make student readers sit up and think

Everyone else in the world thinks this play is good,

I think I'm going to like it!

 

 

I think Mr. Shaw might want to reclaim his cover design rights.

 

Covers can't always be exciting.

Sometimes it's actually more fitting to go with

a minimalist, stay-true-to-the-story approach.

Take Ms. Wilder's book,

Little Town on the Prairie,

for example.

 

 

Frontier living was difficult.

Children walked to school through miles of snow.

(I'm pretty sure that was in the winter.)

Families struggled to survive.

Calico wasn't just regulated to cats.

I'm not sure abstract had been invented yet.

This cover encompasses all of that.

And it has a kitten.

It works.

 

I don't know about you, but I often really like ink drawings.

But sometimes I have issues with them.

 

 

Specifically,

is that wall exploding flowers?

Someone please explain.

 

Also, if I remember correctly,

the king in the story was a jerk.

F.Y.I.

 

 Something else that bothers me:

unexplained claims.

 

 

How old were these "kids"?

How many children voted?

Can we get DNA proof that these were children voting in the first place?

Also, when was this vote taken?

That exchange rate seems kind of high.

These are important questions.

After all, nobody reads book jackets these days.

 

Sometimes, though,

all of the imaginary concerns in the world don't matter.

 

 

 

If a story is that well loved,

it doesn't matter if your title character looks like

she lost her trampoline mid-flight.