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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Friday Face Off: The Dragon's Tooth

I said recently that there's just something about the beginning of Fall that has me craving middle grade adventure stories. I suppose it's the whole 'back to school' thing, but like clockwork every year, I get a hankering for them. Because of this, I just posted an excerpt vlog of ND Wilson's The Dragon's Tooth, and noticed when I was gathering the links and info that it had a different cover, so I figured, why not just make a couple days of it, add it to Face Off, and have a little TDT weekend?  Below are the original hardcover and updated paperback versions for The Dragon's Tooth. I know which one I prefer, but take a look and let me know in the comments which you'd reach for, or stock in your libraries and classrooms? Which would you reach for, and which would your kids or students reach for?
Which one did it better?

Last Week on FFO: 2 versions of Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie went head to head, and though I love them both (and many of you did, too), we were all pretty taken with the gorgeous redesign of the cover.
Winner ------->


  1. Paperback. The snake looks more threatening.

  2. The second/righthand cover. A Wyvern-esque creature chasing a boy? That screams "adventure!!" and "fantasy!!" and I wanna read it. :)

  3. My vote's for the fantastic action in the right-hand cover. Cool character design for a dragon!

  4. I don't feel like there's a really clear choice but I would lean towards the left as a whole just because the boy on the right cover looks a little awkward to me.

  5. I like the more action filled paperback cover. Even though I like the original hardcover with the boy and the tooth, it is a little too literal for me.

  6. Okay, so here are our results: My 15 year old son and I say the one on the right, my 13 year old daughter says the one of the left.


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