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The Amazing Book Covers of Kavalier and Clay

It has been 20 years since Michael Chabon’s legendary novel was published on September 19th, 2000. In that short time, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay has won a Pulitzer Prize, and many many other awards.

The book follows two cousins, Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, as they reunite when Joe comes to America to escape Nazi Europe. The pair combine their skills, Joe the artist, and Sam the writer, to navigate the newfound world of comic books. It follows their careers, and intertwined love lives: Sam struggles with his queerness in a time when it wasn’t accepted and Joe falls in love with a woman he can’t have. Chabon lets readers into a world that is torn by war and patches it with the love and creative connection that the two cousins share.

It is incredible that in only 20 years the book has become a modern American classic. But, what is more incredible is the number of book covers that it has gone through.

There is a quote in the book that reads, “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.” Here are the TAAOKAC book covers. There are so many of them and they are all amazing. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but hopefully, after seeing these, TAAOKAC will be something you want to reserve your anxiety for and escape into.

Happy 20th.

1. The first edition published by Random House in 2000

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2. The 2001 paperback edition with Houdini on the cover

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3. the post-Pulitzer edition in august 2001

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4. The Italian Edition in 2001

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5. the Swedish edition in 2002

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6. the german edition in 2004

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7. the french edition in 2004

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8. the Chinese edition in 2012

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9. the rebranding of all Chabon books to look this way in 2012

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10. the polish edition in 2019

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11. the new paperback edition in 2012

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12. the gorgeous limited edition illustrated edition that costs $135

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Characters as Book Covers

Animal Crossing: New Horizons couldn’t have come into our lives at a better moment. The impossibly entertaining and serene game is full of adorable characters we can’t help but love. But have you ever wondered what these characters would look like as book covers? Well, wonder no more!

1. Tom Nook as A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal by the Sea
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Tom Nook has been the most important character in all the games of the Animal Crossing franchise, but in New Horizons he comes back with a very chill look. The color and general vibe of his outfit reminds me of the cover of this Isabel Allende novel. They both look like a warm and peaceful day at the beach, a perfect getaway after a long day of managing the island.


2. Isabelle as Milkman 

Milkman Book Cover
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We can all agree that the most iconic character in all of Animal Crossing has to be Isabelle, right? With her yellow fur, pink shirt, and infectious smile, Isabelle looks like a summer sunset—much like the cover of Anna Burn’s novel, Milkman.



3. Timmy and Tommy Nook as Feel Free

Feel Free Book Cover
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Timmy and Tommy are an adorable duo, and they are basically identical copies of their mentor, Tom nook. Just like him they have a relaxed appearance, while also looking lively and cheerful. The cover of Zadie Smith’s Feel Free fits them like a glove.


4. K.K. Slider as The Outsiders

The Outsiders Book Cover
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It is rare to see K.K. Slider without his guitar, and you can always count on him to bring life to a party with his great music skills. And while K.K. Slider doesn’t wear any clothes, if he were to wear some, his staple piece would definitely be a leather jacket, making him look like the cover of S.E. Hilton’s classic novel The Outsiders.



5. The Able Sisters as Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age Book Cover
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Just like the cover of Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, the Able sisters (Mabel, Sable, and Label) are fun and fashionable. With this lively pattern and bright colors, the Able sisters would be ready to assemble the perfect outfit for you at their tailor shop.


6. Flick as Ninth House

Ninth House Book Cover
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Flick, a newcomer and bug enthusiast, looks like a the member of a punk band. With his combat boots, checkered pants, and choker, Flick deserves to be compared to a book who looks as badass as he does, and that book is Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House. The dark look plus the slithering snake making it’s way down the cover matches his aesthetic perfectly.


7. Blathers as The Secret History

The Secret History Book Cover
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While this museum curator doesn’t exactly look like The Secret History, there couldn’t be a cover to better suit Blathers. With his intellectual look and love of art, the cover of this Donna Tart novel featuring a classical statue goes with Blathers perfectly. The cover would probably even be something you’d find in his museum along with the fossils and bugs.


8. Celeste as Useless Magic

Useless Magic Book Cover
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Other than running the museum gift-shop, Celeste also loves to stargaze. And what other book is more perfect for a night of stargazing than this lyrics and poetry collection by the one and only Florence Welch? The color palette also matches Celeste’s feathers, and her heart probably bursts the same when you call her adorable!



9. C.J. as Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing Book Cover
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If there is something that C.J. loves doing, it’s fishing. Not only does his fishing outfit makes me think of Delia Owen’s novel, I can also picture him roaming around the cover of Where the Crawdads Sing. He would definitely be sitting on that boat, throwing his fishing rod into the lake, and sitting back waiting for a fish to bite the bait.


10. Cherry as The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House Book Cover
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Cherry’s red fur and black outfit is another classic Animal Crossing looks. Her spiderweb shirt looks straight out of a horror movie, and her tendency to staying up until late at night reminds me of a certain haunted mansion. Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel The Haunting of Hill House goes with her aesthetic perfectly, but of course she’s too sweet to ever scare you like that.



There’s so many amazing and adorable characters in this game that it’s impossible to fit them all into a single article, so, what other characters do you see as book covers?


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Iconic Book Covers line the Halls of a High School

What better way to encourage reading, than by covering the hallways with book covers. At  Mundelein High School, in Chicago, Illinois, the hallways of their English department have been transformed into iconic book covers. The book covers are right near the classroom doors,  inspiring students to pick up a book.


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This transformation happened over the Christmas break, just in time for the students to return to school in a new year, and to a new hallway. The project was designed by Visual Image Photography, using vinyl murals to turn the walls into big books. Some of the books that were chosen, as pictured above are All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Others include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Bear Town by Fredrik Backman, and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. These books are a good mix of classic and modern literature that hopes to inspire students to read books from the past and present.

Based on the pictures, the designers did an amazing job on these murals. Students and teachers alike will definitely be enjoying them, prompting more visits to the library this year. Anything to get more people reading is a great thing, and these stunning hallways just might inspire other schools to do the same.



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Ranking LotR Covers From Best to Worst

You have the hottest takes on the Hobbit covers, and now you have them for the Lord of the Rings as well!

Chinese – Fake! :'(

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I usually only put ACTUAL covers, but this one snuck up on me. Maybe just because I wanted to believe. It’s simple, elegant, and look at the figures. I don’t care if it’s real, it’s pretty, and I need it. Literally just take my money. Too good to be true.




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There’s a lot to like here, and not just because I grew up with this edition of the hobbit. They’re pretty, the style is consistent, and you know I like a set that looks like a set. Still not perfect – the color leeches over time, which might be tonally consistent, but visually it’s weird.




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These are pretty good. Dark, simple, have elvish and gold. Weird, old school illustrations. I don’t know what the significance of the yellow, red, and blue is, but it’s not objectionable, and we get the ring motif. I like it, but it’s not blowing my mind.




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These are pretty! I like the illustrations, I like the subtle colors, I like that the set looks consistent, but the illustrations should be different! Like, the same style, but different illustrations. I want unity, but I don’t want it to be boring.




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I like the colors, I like the art, I like that it’s retro. That said, it doesn’t have  a lot of character. It’s bland. You have a stupid maybe eagle, it’s all pretty general, and it looks like it was made by an algorithm. Ultimately? Meh.




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I like the bright colors, I like the really metal illustration of the horse and the wraiths, but the first one with Gandalf is so bright, there’s just tonal dissonance. The middle one is perfect, because it’s vivid and menacing, but the others feel lopsided.




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This is a mess. I like the first one so much – it’s simple, it’s thematic. We’ve got elvish, fire, rings. The second one is ugly and I don’t know why you’d do that. That green is bad, idk if that’s supposed to be an eagle, and don’t get me started on the third one. Pass.




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We’ve got the tricolor look again, but all the pretty art is covered up. I’m pretty sure the tree on the third book is just taken from a hobbit cover. I’m not even that into the movie font. The scale doesn’t play with the eagle. Disappointing.




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I have every question. The eagles look like crows. The last one seems to be an army of snakes. The first is just a tree? All that purple doesn’t make any sense. It’s all so dark it looks like none of it is. No tone at all, just a heap of nonsense.




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God I hate what they used to do to fantasy books. I hate it. Gandalf looks like he’s offerning you drugs, the winged hat looks incredibly silly, and I’m horrified that’s an elf with a mullet. The purple’s too bright. An elf with a mullet! Ffs.



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4 Foolproof Ways to Judge a Book by Its Cover


We all know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” It tells us that judging anything based off its first appearance will almost always lead you down a path of failure and misunderstanding, and you may miss out on something great. However, in the case of actual books, I disagree. The cover is the most important factor that helps the reader decide whether or not to read the book. Now it may seem like cheating, however there are many things that make up a cover. The aesthetics, the title, the author and the summary, but these are all things that you put on the cover to capture the attention of a potential reader.


1. Aesthetics


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First things first, let’s discuss the aesthetics of a cover. It’s usually the first thing you notice when you grab a book. There are many questions that must be asked and answered when you decide on the aesthetic of a cover. First, what is the genre of the book? If it is a horror story or mystery, then you usually would see darker colors straying to darker hues of black, grey, red, etc…. You’ll find a dark or ominous image on the cover to help push the idea of the book. If its a romance or coming of age story, you’ll find the use of lighter colors and also a wider array of colors.


2. Title


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Now you didn’t hear this from me, but the title of a book is probably the single most important part of the cover. The title holds the most weight of a book on its back. The title will provide any potential reader one of the first inklings of what the book is about. Especially depending on certain books, the title can be understood in many different ways. An example of such would be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The title is referencing the main subject of the book, the character Jay Gatsby, this larger than life character that the narrator Nick Carraway in a way idolizes and looks up to. Hence the name, The Great Gatsby because the book tells the story of a man who spends his time with his mysterious charismatic rich man named Gatsby that throws the biggest and best parties The book is seen as a critique on the American Dream, and Gatsby is usually seen as the physical representation of it. Titles are powerful and hold the keys to the secrets that books hold. 



3. Author


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The name of an author can be the most influential or least influential. This all depends on the individual author because, you might not recognize the name of the author. But there are cases when you do recognize the name of the author and those authors may have a lot of prestige behind their names.. In that case the author’s name may be one of the defining factors for you to read the book, like if you read all of Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series, you might be more inclined to pick up lets say, Challenger Deep because you are aware of his writing style and might be a fan because of it. But if it’s written by someone whose name isn’t recognizable. Their name won’t affect the decision making for choosing a book.


4. Summary



Lastly, the summary. The summary is usually the final part that people check out a book. Now the summary is super important because this is the author’s chance to describe the book in a way that will hook any potential readers that still remain on the fence.So the job of the summary is to grip the reader and entice them to read the book. Summaries usually have a gripping first sentence or couple sentences that captures the attention. An example from the book, Legacy and the Queen by Kobe Bryant and Annie Matthew, “Tennis means everything in the Republic of Nova. Too poor to afford formal training, twelve-year-old Legacy practices serves and returns against the wall of her father’s orphanage to pass the time. But all that is about to change.” See a summary like that grabs the attention because it’s simple, and sets up an idea of the world that the story takes place and also the type of character that we may be focusing on. 



Any way you try to cut it, the cover of a book is arguably the most important part of a book before you actually read it.. So next time you hear someone say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” make sure you tell them they are wrong and then go back to reading because you can’t be distracted by people with such rudimentary level ideas that try to pass them off as profound ideas.

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