Today I was in this amazingly hectic bookstore (I’m talking books stacked on floor, floor to ceiling shelves, tables overflowing with paper backs, it was beautiful) and as per usual I made my way to the YA section. It was there that I saw a hardback with a pale blue intricate spine over which the words The Printer’s Devil looped in red old -fashioned font. I was intrigued. So I took the book of the shelf and turned it in my hands to see the most beautiful cover. This cover led me to read the inside blurb and then, to buy the book. I haven’t read it yet but, as the cover was half the reason I bought the book, I thought it would be perfect for the next LilyJudgesBooks. So, here goes:
Five Things I Love About This Cover:
1. As it was with Cry Blue Murder, the first thing I love about this book is the font. It seems that the font is always the first thing you notice on a cover as you are always looking for the title. Anyways this cover has great font! It is all red and curly and Victorian and matches the rest of the cover (and the inside blurb) wonderfully.
2. I said the font was red and this leads into my second favourite thing about this cover: colour. The colouring is subtle and ‘historic’: blacks, greys, whites, mauves and the bold red of the title. Overall it has a distinctly mysterious and Conan Doyle/Dickens-esque feel.
3. The Conan Doyle/Dickens-esque feel: cobbled streets, mangy dog, running man in coat tails and top hat. The whole thing makes me want to grab a deerstalker and go catch some pickpockets. (Another cover that fits this is one of my favourites, Ruby In The Smoke by Phillip Pullman.)
4. The story the cover tells,: the young boy and his mangy dog stand fearfully in a seedy English alleyway near the waterfront at dusk (or dawn?) watching the man in the top hat and coat tails (HE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A GOOD MAN). Yet again, where did I put my deerstalker…
5. The spine! Yes, I know I already mentioned it, but it is so great! The blue and orange colour block is pretty standard, but that when you look closer it turns out to be wallpaper, and I love the detail of the running man and the boy. It just screams out “PICK ME UP” (and then the cover screams “READ ME”).