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 feature stripes, a rubber-stamped title, and appear to have a hint of texture. Interesting odds and definitely intriguing titles.