I was very excited to receive Dee White’s Letters to Leonardo in the mail this week. I’ve listened with interest to Dee discussing her ten-year-journey from idea to publication and am looking forward to reading the final result. The cover looks wonderful. Dee’s cyber launch is happening here on 1st July and her blog tour begins on 24th June at Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog with Dee and Matt (the main character) talking about promoting Letters to Leonardo online. 25th June 2009.

Talking of brilliant covers bring me to Little Bird by Penni Russon. Unfortunately this book didn’t arrive in my mailbox, it came in to The Reading Stack and another reviewer saw it first. It’s a cover no reader could ever go past. First in first served, and I was too slow. I’m going to buy this one as I thoroughly enjoyed her previous title in the Girlfriend fiction series, The Indigo Girls. A chance tweet led me to Allen and Unwin’s Alien Onion blog where other designs by the same graphic artist are featured. Definitely worth a look here.

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  1. Dee’s journey has been quite a fascinating one, and I’m really looking forward to reading her debut too. Having studied graphic design, I’m a sucker for a great cover, and these are two stunning ones! I’m not surprised to see that the designer of ‘Little Bird’ also created Lili Wilkinson’s latest book cover, ‘Pink’.

    That said, Sandy, your Samurai Kids covers are some of my current favourites – bold colours combined with the delicacy of traditional ink drawings, offset by the dynamic poses of the characters. Incredibly clever. Love them!


  2. SANDY says:

    Thanks Katherine. It’s really wonderful to have such high praise for the SK covers from someone who is such a talented artist herself! I’m a stick figure drawer myself and to quote my youngest son ‘Mum, you’re not very good at that’ *sigh*

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