Cover Gallery: The Graveyard Book

February 12, 2011

Like many bibliophile I am also somewhat enamored by book covers. I don’t judge a book by its cover, but I certainly pre-judge it as many of us do (but that’s the topic for another post). I am also a comic art collector (well, before kids that is) and have about 10 reviews of graphic novel in my “draft” folder (at the time of this post) – so yes, I like pretty pictures.

After reading “The Graveyard Book” (Book Review) by Neil Gaiman I noticed that there are many alternate covers. The contrast between them is striking and one could almost tell where they were published without the byline.

Hardcover – this is the cover I’m most familiar with.

Wraparound cover by Chris Riddell – the text is just a sample.
This picture was used for the Danish, Spanish & Swedish editions




This is a wonderful cover by Dave McKean which really captures the essence of the book. I love the baby reaching for the moon.

Another cover by Dave McKean. I like the illustration but I don’t think it captures the story as much as the one above.


Finland – This cover does scream “Nordic” to me but more due to the isolation which it depicts. While a nice cover, I don’t think it matches the story.

France – If they changed the name of the book, why didn’t they translate “Nobody” as well?

Italy – Seem like the Italians tried to capitalize on Mr. Gaiman’s other works. No need.

Poland – While this wouldn’t be my first choice, I really like this cover. It works.

This cover screams “Russia”, doesn’t it? You don’t even need an “onion dome” to see it. It has a “Peter and the Wolf” feel.

Which one is your favorite?

Zohar – Man of la Book

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  • SarahFebruary 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I had only seen the US/UK cover and was always a little underwhelmed by it. I absolutely love the Denmark/Spain covers, actually, you can throw the French, Italian and Polish covers into that ‘love’ list as well.
    Thanks for the great post!

    • zoharFebruary 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      The US and UK covers are sublime but I think they work.
      Thanks for the great comment.

  • CatalinaOctober 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I like the Italy and China ones.

    I too judge a book by its cover – there have been times when I came tempted to purchase a book by the cover alone.

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