Friday, February 12, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Furry

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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:

I'm sure that there are various interpretations for this week's topic, but I've opted to feature covers with any and all fantastic furry beasts! And, naturally, there were too many possible covers with furry animals, so here's a collection of covers featuring furry beasts rather than comparing various versions of just one book. We'll start with wolves, move on to bears, some horses, and round it off with a nice miscellaneous mixture (dog, deer, and more!). 

2019 Berkley | 2019 Redhook | 2018 National Geographic 

2017 Crown Publishing Group | 2005 HMH Books for Young Readers | 1996 Alfred A. Knopf

2018 Self-Published Edition | 2016 Knopf | 2018 Talos

2020 Gallery / Sage Press | 2017 Tachyon Publications

My choice(s):
I love the simplistic overall style of The Wolf in the Whale, yet there is plenty of detail in the typography and detail, and I also really like the form of the wolf--you can really see the movement. And speaking of movement, I will never stop loving the original cover for We Ride the Storm. I love the new Orbit cover as well, but this cover is just so dramatic and falloff movement, not to mention how incredibly both horse and rider are rendered. This is the sort of artwork I'd buy just to hang a print of, it's beautiful!

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


  1. I've always loved that cover of The Golden Compass!

  2. I just love this post, Sarah! Great idea to show a bunch of different books. My favorite is The Girl in Red, I've always had a soft spot for that cover😁

  3. Sorry Jordan, I didn't mean to call you Sarah, ugh!!! Visiting a bunch of blogs today and I'm getting confused😬😬😬

  4. I like your choices! And I like the pit bull cover. Probably because my dog is part pit bull, and I love her.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!