design double take: stripes

Polka dots and stripes aren’t something I’ve seen very much on YA covers, so when I saw John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on the shelf, I couldn’t help but stop and take a second glance.

The light blue stripes and haphazard type don’t immediately make you think of concentration camps before you read the novel’s summary (or if you’ve seen the movie). There’s a sense of innocence to this cover with its title that represents a much darker story.

Coincidentally, I happened upon Dana Reinhardt’s Things a Brother Knows not too long after seeing the Striped Pajamas cover. More stripes.

Both novels include war as a subject, and both covers featureĀ stripes, a rubber-stamped title, and appear to have a hint of texture. Interesting odds and definitely intriguing titles.

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4 thoughts on “design double take: stripes

  1. I love the stripes. Have seen the cover of The Boy In Striped Pajamas before, but not the other. It works well.

    On a side note, The Boy In Striped Pajamas is an amazing book. The cover is in perfect synchronisation.

  2. Loving the second one…the red vs. black and the silhouettes definitely give a war-like vibe now that I know about it. Intriguing!

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