I'm kind of amazed I have featured Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series (aka The Goose Girl, et al) on Friday Face Off before. I've long commented on the differing designs, and for awhile, when it was just the top (hardcover) and middle (paperback, 1st release) sets, I was very adamant on which I preferred. In fact, I've been meaning to replace my paperback edition of the 2nd book with the original hardcover, and then complete the series. BUT THEN, they released the UK paperbacks (bottom), and though I still looooove the original cracked-oil-painting style of the hardcovers, the new versions are just so damn pretty!
So now I turn the debate over to you. Which versions would you reach for on the bookstore or library shelves? Which would you rather display on your own shelves?
Which one did it better?
I would strongly suggest click on the books to enlarge them, to get a better sense of the style, since they had to be itty bitty to fit.
Last week on FFO: Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time went quirky-to-creepy-to-oddball cover, and we pretty much unanimously agreed that the 2nd cover — aka "The Pitchfork" cover — was the clear winner. It's an arresting image that actually speaks to the book, and it would stop us in our tracks, until we found out just what that book is about...
And Mark agrees: