The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
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thanks to whom I discovered this meme.
This week, the theme is
“Coming of Age“
The last book I read that deals with coming of age characters is The Sword in the Stone, the first book in the series The Once and Future King, written in 1938 by T.H. White.
I enjoyed a lot this first volume, especially as an audiobook.
Please come this way to see why.
Click on the picture below if you want to identify the various editions
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My favorite cover is the first one, the Collins Abridged Junior Classic – I didn’t read the abridged version, I actually listened to it, so my edition was the very last one featured here.
But I like this cover for its colors, its detailed naïf art, that for me fits really well with the genre of the book. And we see several animals, which are very important in the story. Looks like no other designer has bothered to insert animals!
Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
My next participation may be on Friday, October 28,
with black covers
There are some nice covers for this book! My favorites are #3 and #7, different art styles but I would pick either up if I saw them on a shelf😁
7 is fun. Merlin has really weird eyes in #3! spooky, but Merlin was not a spooky character, at least not in T. H. White’s version
My choice would be the Spanish one in the second row – I like the fact that it leaves a lot to the imagination.
I actually don’t think I’ve read the original story! From these the collins modern is probably my favorite.
Nice taste, lol
I like #11 best. I have not read The Sword and the Stone.
That’s true, the colors speak about the magical touch, most present in Book 1. The audio is fabulous, you should try it
Top row, furthest on the right is my favorite. Just simply… right!
It’s a nice one, and it focuses on the important part of this Book 1
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You are right, there should be animals on the cover. I think I like the third one in the top row, with the illustration by Dennis Nolan – at least it has an owl in it!
Yes for the owl, but Merlin has these really weird eyes on that cover
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