All things being equal, would you pick . . .
In an ongoing conversation about what draws boys to books, the influence of cover art came up. Covers are the interpretation of a book by an artist (hopefully one that has read the book), and is usually driven by the publishing company, rather than the author. One would hope the cover accurately represents the story, but the cover is mostly designed to attract a certain audience to a book. Do covers influence your children’s selections of books? Dark Omen will pour over a book’s blurbs, inside and out, before deciding to invest his time reading it. Worm Burner will take approximately two picoseconds and a cursory glance to decide whether a book is for him or not. I’ve heard an editor say that the “common wisdom” of the industry is that boys will not read “girl” covers, but that girls will read both.
I can’t imagine Dark Omen reading Hattie Big Sky, because there are no spaceships or weapons or dragons involved, but Worm Burner would probably love it. He read the entire Little House on the Prairie series, after all. However, I’m not sure, at age 9, I could get him past the winsome farm girl on the cover to read the story inside.
The guy with the sword? Of course.
Are your children cover omnivores? Or do they discriminate based on cover art, and if so, how?