Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Disreputable Copying of Frankie's Cover!

I was in the fiction section of the library today and walked smack dab into an endcap (yes, I actually walked into it) and looked up to see the cover of The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks staring me in the face. Except why was it in the regular fiction section? And what was up with the Victorian woman on the top of the envelope?

I did a little research and it looks like there are quite a few different covers for this book, but my library happens to have the most copycat-ish of them all. I've heard about (and seen) this happening with stock photography for smaller YA fiction titles before, but sharing the cover of a Printz and National Book Award winner? Wowzers.

Update: I did a little searching to see if anyone else had caught this copycat, and sure enough, someone did! Kudos to She Reads and Reads for seeing this first (though her copy cover shows one of the alternate covers, "She" catches yet ANOTHER similar cover as well!).


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog (and for drawing my attention to an even more copycat-ish cover)! I just added a note to my post linking to your post. I was surprised to realize The Sealed Letter copied The Disreputable History (or at least used the cover second) and not the other way around, as I had assumed in my post.

    I'm also just "rediscovering" YA lit, so I'll be keeping an eye on your blog!


  2. Avis,

    Thanks for stopping by! It looks like Frankie came out just 3 days before The Sealed Letter. Amazing for two such similar covers to be released so close to one another.