Cover to Cover with A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time has been a best seller, a banned book, the winner of a Newbery Medal, and keeps landing on lists with titles like “Best Children’s Books Ever” and “Greatest Children’s Books”. As a kid, I loved how weird and crazy and serious it was; I loved how the main character was awkward, but also fierce and brave and loyal and clever; I loved how it’s the only book I’d ever come across that actually starts with the line, “It was a dark and stormy night…”

In terms of cover design, this post might better be described as fifty years of circle imagery (which I say in the most loving way possible):

Hardcover edition   Commemorative edition   Australian cover

The paperback editions seem to be equal parts beautiful and campy. The pink box set cover – below, centre – will always have a special place in my heart because 1. it’s the edition I had growing up and 2. it’s basically the nineties in a nutshell. 

Vintage cover  Box set edition  Paperback edition

More than one graphic designer has taken a creative stab at a redesign – with beautiful results from Visenya-dot, Travis Jonker, and Laura Birdsall (top to bottom, left to right):

Visenya Dot's cover  Travis Jonker's cover  Laura Birdsall's cover(

Cover to Cover is a weekly project comparing and critiquing the various covers of popular novels. Find more posts in this series here – and feel free to link to your blog in the comments if you do one of your own!


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