I purchase many of the texts for our classroom libraries at used book sales. This lets me increase the diversity of texts for students for independent or required reading. As I shop I look for specific covers, and one easily identifiable cover is the cover for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
I can see that iconic bright red cover, created by Maria Carella, from a distance. This American edition cover features a top “layer” with a die-cut of a poodle, centered upside-down, that derives its color from the clack cover underneath. It is a clever bit of engineering that adds to the other “engineered” elements: prime numbered chapters, embedded charts and graphics.
When I distribute the texts,however, no matter how I threaten to make sure the book comes back in pristine condition, there are students who will trace and retrace that cutout until the die-cut shape of the dog becomes the shape of a blob. I suppose the cut-out is too tempting, but I take comfort in knowing that my students find the text inside the covers equally mesmerizing. The book is a hit proving you can judge a book by its amazing cover.