As you know, we wanted to celebrate the challenging times with one more final of the book cover wars. It has been a highlight of mine and something I have enjoyed doing every year. It was such a great opportunity, when we started this idea, to celebrate the talented people and the unsung heroes behind some of our favourite and iconic book covers. This competition was embraced by the children's book community and made for some nail-biting moments which entertained us all.
This year was another cracking moment with five superb rounds. The final managed to gain great momentum with 955 votes - just what we wanted - including some great banter on social media. The final came to a fantastic conclusion last night where we found another excellent winner .... the fantastic book cover to the latest book by Nizrana Farook - The Boy Who Met a Whale illustrated by David Dean and Designer Nicola Theobald and published this Jan 2021 by Nosy Crow Books. It's a brilliant book cover illustration (it makes you want to read the book straight away) and really deserves to join the hall of fame with all the past winners across the years. Many Congratulations!
Here is the list below:
2009/10 - Jon Mayhew 'Mortlock' Illustrated by Christian Lorenz Scheurer
2010/11 - Darren Shan 'Birth of a Killer' Illustrated by David Wyatt
2011/12 - Curtis Jobling 'Werewolf: Shadow of the Hawk' Illustrated by Andrew Farley
2012/13 - Thomas Taylor 'Haunters' Illustrated by Steve Wells
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support by visiting, reading, contributing and sending out books for me to read over the years. Without all of you, there was no point in this blog. You've all been there when I've been low and picked me back up many times in previous years. I'll still be around - no doubt lurking on Twitter - if you want a recommendation or wee chat. In the meantime, with a heavy heart I thank you one last time for reading this post. Stay safe, stay happy and keep on reading!