It’s always scary, waiting to see the cover of a new book. Sometimes the book looks EXACTLY like you thought it would look. And sometimes it looks NOTHING like you thought it would look.
In this case, the book doesn’t look like I expected it to at all. I’d pictured a mysterious lamplit hotel, seen from the street, with one ominous window lit up, only one. Because this book is a companion to Bigger than a Bread Box, which had a mysterious feel to it.
But now… looking at this wonderful cover by Tim Jessell, I’m struck my how right it is. ANd by much it looks like a lot of the classic books of my youth. It reminds me of The Secret Language, or The Little Princess.
There’s a tradition of books like this– books where two kids bond and grow, in a little world all their own. Books about two girls who only need each other. I loved those books. Those books were timeless.
This is a book like that, I hope. Although it’s related to Bread Box, it’s a very different book. And the cover captures that.
Don’t you think?