I love asking my 7th graders their thoughts on book covers because often times they have such a different opinion than me! I showed them the cover for The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere #1.
I asked if they liked the cover and if they thought it would get them to pick the book up and look at it.
Here's what they said:
Overall it was a no to the cover.
Reasons they didn't like it:
Too little kiddish
Too boring looking
It wasn't bubbly like Sprite
Reasons why they liked it:
It looked creepy
It look mysteries
It was cool
It looks interesting
I want to know what's happening
I want to see where she is going
My favorite comment was that it looked like a book about Harry Potter's sister :)
I also liked the student that said it look "creppy" instead of creepy!
Ok and here's something really really really funny. I've loved this cover forever mainly because I think it sounds like a great middle grade book. BUT I finally saw the cover for what it really shows! My mind always saw the girl as climbing out of a window. It wasn't until I looked at it with my students that I finally saw she's actually climbing out of a picture frame into the forest! Ok, ok so I wasn't paying attention to detail. I love the cover even more now!
This book is at our book fair. I WILL be buying it!