You may notice that the two covers below bear no resemblance to each other at all. In fact, they bear no resemblance to any other middle grade book cover published this year. That's because unlike most covers, which are either paintings, or photographs, or some other "usual" form of art, the cover artists for THE WATER AND THE WILD and AOLEON really thought outside the box.
THE WATER AND THE WILD is actually a sculpture made of cut colored paper, designed and assembled piece by piece and then carefully photographed. AOLEON'S cover is a computer graphic design, which gives it a 3-D appearance.
Both these covers really stand out because of their imaginative and creative use of these extraordinary art forms, and I think both have succeeded in their aims for their own genres.
What book covers of the past have marked themselves as unique or different? What set them apart from other covers in their genre? Leave a comment below. I'd love to know what you think.