Before this year comes to an end, I want to do another Book Cover Battle, created by Bibliomantics where you pit two book covers against one another. Today’s BCB is a bit special because not only the covers are different but also the titles as well.
I’m featuring Cory Leonardo’s middle-grade debut, The Simple Art of Flying which will also comes out in the UK as Call Me Alastair from Scholastic UK.
The Simple Art of Flying Synopsis:
Sometimes flying means keeping your feet on the ground…
Born in a dismal room in a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape to bluer skies. He’d like nothing more than to fly away to a palm tree with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by twelve-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by elderly dance-enthusiast and pie-baker Albertina Plopky, the future looks ready to crash-land.
In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, eating a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to a family reunion. But soon he’s forced to choose between the life he’s always dreamed of and admitting the truth: that sometimes, the bravest adventure is in letting go.
Call Me Alastair Synopsis:
Born in the back of a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape, to fly off with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by 12-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by Mrs Albertina Plopky, Alastair’s hopeful vision for the future crash-lands.
In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, chewing a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to Aggie and their flight to freedom.
This debut novel is a heart-felt, bird’s-eye view of love and what it means to break free from the cages we build for ourselves- and the courage it may take to finally let go.
This book reminds me with the animated film, Rio since the story is also about a lovely feathered characters, Alastair and Aggie. Both covers have certainly, and no doubt, capture them in the cover. But what I like about the US cover is the simplicity and the color which gravitates towards life and growth. Well, well…the UK cover is aesthetically beautiful and shinny and…and…swoon-worthy! See what I mean here?
— Scholastic UK (@scholasticuk) December 17, 2018
And because of that, this one is a tie for me! How about you? Which cover is your favorite? The US Cover (left) or UK Cover (right). Let me know what you think by voting for your favorite in the poll below!