Cover Love #8

Just for a quick introduction, Cover Love is a series we do each week here at Twin Reads to give cover designers the credit they deserve! How do we do this? Well, each week we pick a book with a beautiful cover design and talk about all the elements that make the cover so successful! This can be anything from a great layout, to symbolic elements that mirror plot points, to even eye-catching font and text! Basically, we just like to rave about pretty covers (even though we know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover). But, hey! No one said that you couldn’t appreciate cover design. In fact, we wholeheartedly believe that not only CAN you appreciate cover design but that you SHOULD appreciate cover design, (because, lets face it, cover design is a big part of what allows us to find our favorite books in the first place) and thats why we created Cover Love!

So, without further ado, the cover we love this week is…

The Book Thief (Special Anniversary Edition) by Markus Zusak

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This beautiful special anniversary edition cover of The Book Thief was created by Gabriele Wilson (jacket type design) and Jenny Volvovski (background art concept). First of all, we love how simple this design is. This book is so powerful. Markus Zusak’s story really speaks for itself, so we love the fact that the cover design is not overly done or busy. We love the way the type and text is the main…no… ONLY focus in this cover design just as the story of The Book Thief so obviously surrounds around the power of words. We love the way the background looks like a faded page from an old book, and the way the title and author text stand out from the page in their bold, typewriter-like font.

The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl living with her foster parents in World War II era Germany. Liesel steals books, and with the help of her foster father she learns to read, and her enchantment with books only grows. This beautiful story is all about the power of the written word. Even when it seems like there is so little to live for, this story shows that books are always there, a constant companion.

We think this cover design for the special anniversary edition perfectly represents the story to The Book Thief. A story which is, first and foremost, about the power of books. The simple design, with its emphasis wholly on text, captures the true power of reading that Leisel discovers and shares in the book. The typewriter-like font, paired with the fading words in the background, makes the cover appear as if it is a page torn from and old and beloved book—one that Liesel could have stolen herself. It is stunning in its complete simplicity and perfect representation of the book’s actual content.

What do you guys think of this new cover design for The Book Thief? Do you think it does a good job of representing the story it was created for? Did you guys have to go out and buy it, even when you already have the old version of the book, because it was JUST THAT GORGEOUS? (Or was that just us?) Let us know in the comments!

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