Awesome book cover Friday: Swamplandia

Today’s awesome cover belongs to Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Thanks to blogger S.Z.W.ordsmith for giving me the idea!

Here’s a summary:

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.

Which cover is your favorite?

Karen Russell seems pretty chill. Check out this article on Sun Sentinel for an interview with the Florida-born author and more on her background. She’s written other awesomely titled books, like St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

Awesome book cover Friday: The Warded Man

This week’s selection is The Warded Man (also called The Painted Man) by Peter V. Brett, part one in a fantasy series and first published in 2008.

Brett’s series features some cool international covers. Check out the ones for the US, Germany, Portugal, and Estonia below.

Which one is your favorite? I love the German design, but I can’t get over how awesome Portugal’s is!

Awesome book cover Friday: Le Petit Prince – or, The Little Prince

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite stories: Le Petit Prince, or The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. My amazing boyfriend introduced me to this book, and I’ll always cherish it for that reason. Plus, it’s a great read! That helps, too.

You can find the French version (with almost the same cover pictured below) or the English version on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (where it’s also available in both languages).

De Saint-Exupéry first published the book in 1943, only one year before he and his Lockheed P-38 aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean. He’s been nicknamed the “Winged Poet” and also wrote Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman’s Odyssey.

This cover looks so wonderfully childlike in its design. What do you think?