Friday, February 7, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Lion

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Lion- “Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”

When I first saw this week's topic, I had no idea what I would possibly pick because the only book I could think of that had a lion on it was the The Chronicles of Naria bind-up editoin. Fortunately, another book quickly popped into my head that I knew had the perfect lion for this week--A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire! It's the third book in his Wicked Years series and has some great covers.

A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)O Leão de Oz
2008 US Hardcover | 2010 US Paperback | 2010 Portuguese

A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years #3)A Lion Among MenUn león entre hombres (The Wicked Years, #3)
2009 Musical Tie-in (Headline Review) | 2008 ? Hardcover (Headline Review) | 2011 Spanish

Un león entre hombresA Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)A Lion Among Men
2012 Spanish | 2011 US Paperback| 2008 Audiobook

My choice(s):
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)
A lot of these are really fun, but I'm definitely partial to the original US cover edition. I just love the border, the circle in the middle with the title and the lion with his fantastic glasses. Total win for me. I also love the physical books because the middle circle portion is like a cut-out and I think the detail is really great.

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. We picked the same book this week😁 And we agree on the best cover!

  2. I think the 2008 US edition looks very classic Maguire, but I think I like the Portuguese one the best!