It's striking and stands out right away:
When I pulled the jacket off and stretched it, the design continued across the spine and back of the book:
Isn't it mesmerizing?
The book was designed by Janet Hansen, and I have to applaud all of the little things she's done.
I love the way the lines turn and it's like a wave of lines crashing on top of the straight lines of the book's original cover. It breaks things up and makes them interesting. I like how close the first letter of each word on the cover is so close to that "wave." Down the spine, I like how, instead of saying "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" like it does on the cover, it has an intriguing symbol peeping out at you, as well as the way "Steven" is at an angle and not completely straight. If I was looking at a row of spines, I'd probably pull this book out for some information!
I'm also a fan of the book's boards, which, when you see it up close and in person (My camera didn't capture it well), is a series of very small lines. Plus, the coloring is lovely!
I'm not usually one to seek out story collections, but I'm actually intrigued about this one. Some of the stories in this collection include fables such as a new story of Rapunzel and a town that may have found a washed-up mermaid on its shores. You know the book sold me when I saw those two things mentioned!!!
I never would have looked twice at this book if it wasn't for the amazing cover design, and now I'm intrigued by its contents as well! (Plus, the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so I'm ashamed not to know his work and look forward to beginning the discovery!)
That's a great cover design!!!!