Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hardcover vs. Paperback 39

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Hardcover

Paperback

Amazon.com:

Holling Hoodhood is really in for it.
He’s just started seventh grade with Mrs. Baker, a teacher he knows is out to get him. Why else would she make him read Shakespeare . . . outside of class?
The year is 1967, and everyone has bigger things than homework to worry about. There’s Vietnam for one thing, and then there’s the family business. As far as Holling’s father is concerned, nothing is more important than the family business. In fact, all of the Hoodhoods must be on their best behavior at all times. The success of Hoodhood and Associates depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has Mrs. Baker to contend with?

This one is easy for me. I think the hardcover is highly original and I've remembered it and what it was for ever since I saw it. I'd say the paperback is more mainstream so it's probably a good cover for the paperback edition.

Hardcover or Paperback?

13 comments:

  1. I prefer the hardcover for pretty much the reasons you stated. It's very unique.

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  2. I don't particularly like either of them, though the hardcover is a little better. Neither really captures the flavor of the book, and I don't think that the hardcover has a lot of kid appeal.

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  3. I love the hardcover, but I think the paperback will appeal to the target audience more. I'm going to look for this book - I loved Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.

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  4. Hmm, I'm not a really a fan of either. Perhaps the hardcover a little more? It's funny, because a Bloomsbury statement in reaction to the furor over Justine Larbalestier's LIAR cover referenced "The Wednesday Wars" as an example of a book that sold better with a person on the cover. Now I see why.

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  5. I also loved his Lizzie Bright book, so I'll have to look for this. I love the hardcover and would be more inclined to pick that one up. The paperback is probably more appealing to kids, but not older readers.

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  6. I'm going to choose the hardcover. I'm not sure why, it grabs my eye more. The paperback I don't care much for at all.

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  7. I think it's a tie. The hardcover looks so simple but unique, I really like the black background. Then again the juicy color of the paperback seems attractive too.

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  8. I think I'd pick up either in a bookstore. So...both! I do like the colors of the paperback though. :)

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  9. I like the hardcover. I think it's more versatile. I think young and older readers alike would pick it up. And while I like how the paperback is trying to draw attention, I myself would probably walk by it with just a glance.

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  10. The hardcover is nicer, in my opinion, but the paperback might attract more kids.

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  11. The hardcover book reminds me of a young adult book I read years ago.

    But I like it more than the second cover for the paperback.

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  12. 2nd ONE Surely!!

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  13. I've actually read this book. It was really good. And the first one deals with the books a lot more. The PB is just to make readers pick it up, I'm sure.

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