Judging A Book By Its Cover: East of the Sun and West of the Moon

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Surprising no one, I wanted this book purely for the illustrations. Yes, I enjoy fairy tales, but if I never get the chance to read this book, I won’t even care. It’s for the enjoyment of my eyeballs. It’s got a slipcase and a ribbon bookmark and huge glossy pages and it’s so colorful and gorgeous and oh my gourd. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, edited by Noel Daniel, designed by Andy Disl and published in 2015 by Taschen GmbH, ISBN: 9783836532297.

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