Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Board Book Cover Concepts

Its always interesting to see how the cover ends up from sketches to the final. For this particular book, What Does Cow Say?,  even the title changed! We started off with Meow Bow-Wow:

And then the other animals were introduced to the cover:


And then the cat and dog wasn't the center stage anymore:


And the final cover. The cow took center stage and the title changed completely. Hey, it happens!


As to the reasoning behind the switch, I was told that farm animals were hot sellers. I'm glad my rooster made it on the cover. :-)

What Does Cow Say? written by Joan Holub, illustrated by me, is now out in stores. Published by Cartwheel Books.

9 comments:

sassypackrat said...

It's funny how what you start with isn't always what you end up with. Love that your chicken is on there!

Nina Seven said...

interesting post, jannie. so fun to see. i like the donkey, he's so darn cute!

fhiona galloway said...

very interesting.
all look great for covers though!

Alicia Padrón said...

I loved seeing all the cover approaches. It's funny how things change while working in the book right?

I have to say that I am IN LOVE with the pup on the first cover idea!! You have to do something with him.. so cute!

The final cover looks wonderful. I was thrilled to see your rooster too! Hee... Congrats on another beautiful book Jannie!!

Nina Crittenden said...

So fun to see how it came to be! Such cuteness!

tartan baffies said...

Thanks for sharing the creative process & how you came about the final cover, it was indeed very interesting to see.

Hope doing the inside pages went without too many changes.

Kathy Weller said...

LOVE seeing the process and all of the options / stages you went through. Thanks for sharing! I love your drawings as well! Great work!

Diandra Mae said...

It's interesting to see the process from conception to final. You can ALMOST see what the editors were thinking as each changes is made.

Definitely need to add this one to our To Buy list. ;)

elizabeth said...

Wow, that's fascinating. Thanks for sharing the process! And the rooster IS the best part. :)