Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies
‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is the well known saying. Well, that is exactly what I am going to do. The cover of a book is a hugely influential part of our decision of whether to pick it up or skim past it. Whether we like it or not, a book’s cover can determine whether or not it ever gets read. So what makes us go for different books? Each week I’m going to look at covers that have stood out to me, or to my colleagues, and why.
This week it’s ‘Reasons She Goes to the Woods’ by Deborah Kay Davies, cover art by Jenny Grigg (Her website is full of fantastic designs and delicate tissue creations). I’ve not read this book, but since picking it up off the shelf an hour ago and adding it to my pile of blog hopefuls it has managed to rise to the top and engage my interest. Grigg has designed a great many memorable book covers such as The Luminaries (written by Eleanor Catton) and a series of covers for Penguin’s classics series. The cover for ‘Reasons She Goes to the Woods’ is delicate and tactile. I want to be able to touch the folded tissue paper and rearrange the picture. I love the simplicity of the shapes and the tones the layering of the paper achieves. From reading the blurb it appears that the delicacy of the illustration links well with the themes of the book:
‘Pearl can be very, very good. More often, though, she is very, very bad. But she’s just a child…’
From the rest of the blurb I am expecting the story to be far darker than the cover suggests, making me look again at the image of the child and wander more about what she is doing, and significance (if any) of a flower falling. Flicking through the pages of the book, it is laid out in vignettes, or single page chapters, with intriguing titles such as ‘Clump’ or ‘New Friend’. The cover has definitely drawn me in and made me want to read the book, which is now sitting in my bag waiting until I get home!