Thursday, 10 December 2009

US Vs. UK: The Book Thief Covers

US // UK

Considering my love of The Book Thief, I can't believe I haven't US/UK'd it yet. These are the YA covers for the book, and although the UK adult edition (as seen on my blog header) is one of my favourite covers of all time, the UK teen one just doesn't have the same effect on me. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely, but it doesn't have the same impact as the image of Liesel dancing with Death.

So, the US cover wins for me this week. The visual image of dominoes, and the inevitable thought of how they all fall down, is a brilliant representation of the story, and kudos to whoever designed it.

17 comments:

Becky said...

I agree, I prefer the adult UK cover which is the one that I have. The US one doesn't really fit the book but it's unusual so I like it.

PolishOutlander said...

This is my first time seeing that YA UK cover for it. And I must admit, I am a bit intrigued by it. I too am a HUGE fan of The Book Thief. So I think I'll go with the UK cover shown here.

Jessica Kennedy said...

I haven't read this book yet. I kinda like the UK version better.

Alessandra said...

I had never seen the YA UK cover for this book (well, I didn't know there were 2 different editions... books in Italy are either classified as adult or YA/children's books, apart from classics). In Italy this is published as adult fiction, under the title "The girl who saved books" (quite a different take on it, eh?) and this cover http://www.bibliotecasalaborsa.it/imglibri/la-bambina-che-salvava-i-libri.jpg

I'd say I like the Italian cover the most (I'm not so fond of Liesel dancing with Death, even though it fits with the book very well), and I like the US cover, too. Even though I'm still wondering what domino tiles have to do with anything.

MichieBee said...

I love love love the look of the US cover, but I think I like the UK cover more. It's more intriguing and ties into the story much better. Though of course my favorite is still the UK adult edition. :P

Steph Su said...

Well.. I still stand by my love for the US cover, lol, even though I know it doesn't make much sense. Isn't there an Aussie cover that looks very similar to the UK one? Well, either way, this book is fabulous.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I prefer the UK adult one like you, and UK wins again between these two.

I Want To Read That said...

My favourite is the UK adult and then the US. I'm not so keen on the UK YA.

Thao said...

I like both but the US cover is more my taste. It looks very elegant and mysterious.

Nina said...

I like the US cover, it's beautiful and it grabs my attention.

Anonymous said...

i love the UK adult cover. it's waaay better coz even tho Death isn't the Grim Reaper...he like show humans depict him as the grim reaper. i love this book...it's amazingly wonderfully scintillatingly awesome. =)

Book Chick City said...

To be honest I don't really like either of them, but the UK version is better of the two. I much prefer the cover of the adult edition.

Keren David said...

I like the US one's cleverness, but I wonder how many people would be drawn to read it?
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Misrule said...

Australian writer, Australian novel, Australian cover:

http://tinyurl.com/yjlwzmy

Judith

Kate said...

I understand the US cover but I prefer the UK cover. I've got the adult UK cover and that's my favourite.

Anonymous said...

the cover i have on my copy is the one you use as your header for this page, do you have any idea who the artisit is?
thx

The Cold One said...

omigod i love the adult cover with death on it - bought the book was stunned by it (i buy abot 34 books a week) it's so different and just it got that little something that makes so dark but so true to the reader