Baby got book …

My dearest sister works for the local public library and shared the following picture and story with me!

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This display was created by Librarian Brittany Ash at the Joint Use Library. She found the poem on Pinterest and used it to bring a vibrancy to the books on display. Sing it to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s popular track “Baby Got Back”.  Go HERE for the article on BuzzFeed!

Blogging A to Z: Z is for…

Book Cover Makeover and Review!

My Cover:

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Published Cover:

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Makeover Process:

The book centers around a tragic event that has decimated the earth and left only a few alive. Somehow one little valley has survived the radiation poisoning that has killed the rest of the countryside. I chose a photo of this village in a little valley.

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I wanted a photo that exhibited absolute destruction so I chose this photo of the result of the eruption of Mount St. Helen.z  Mt_St_Helens078-vi

I combined the green valley and the Mount St. Helens destruction. Then softened it and made it black and white, leaving the valley as green and verdant as in the book.

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Zippy-dee-doo-dah!! I’m done! Made it through all the letters – and on time!! Yippee!!! I will be posting my Reflections post after I’ve slept for 2 weeks (would that I could!!)

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Blogging A to Z: W is for …

Book Cover Makeover and Review:

My Cover:

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Published Cover:

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Makeover Process:

I really struggled over this cover. The story takes place mainly in New York City – and moves to small town Missouri. The main character is a broadcast news reporter in the 1970s so I tried all sorts of 70s themed stuff and finally went with this old timey ‘screen saver’!

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Blogging A to Z: V is for …

Book Cover Makeover Review!

My Cover:

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Published Cover:

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Makeover Process:

I overlaid a portrait of Admiral Nelson with a painting of the HMS Victory to come up with this cover. Admiral Nelson and the Victory figure heavily in the story and I really like the feel of the paintings.

 

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Blogging A to Z: T is for …

Book Cover Makeover and Review!

My Cover:

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Published cover:

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Makeover process:

I played around with a lot of different clock faces but eventually  chose a photo of an inside view of the Westminster Tower (London, England) clock face, aka Big Ben, for the final image.

 

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Blogging A to Z: S is for …

Book Cover Makeover and Review!

My Cover:

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Published Cover:

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Makeover Process:

The first cover is based on a photo of a portion of Alaskan Coastline that broke off,  cropped and then desaturated the color. By the way, a ‘stone mattress’ is a geological formation.2014-04-18-permafrostblockofcoastaltundracollapsedonAlaskasArcticCoastCourtesyUSGSAlaskaScienceCenter

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The second cover I did for fun is based on another story in the book, Torching the Dusties. In this story an elderly woman has Charles Bonet Syndrome with macular degeneration (a disease that causes hallucinations). She lives in an assisted living facility that is unfortunately burned down. I used a photo of Blithewood Mansion, ‘set it on fire’ with PicMonkey, and added some little people for fun.blithewood_mansion_3

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Blogging A to Z: R is for …

Book Cover Makeover and Review!

My Cover:

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Published Cover:

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Makeover process:

The book starts off in England (a young Sherlock Holmes is the main character), then moves to the United States and then culminates with a rogue Confederate general. I combined all three flags and added an old style balloon since it figures heavily in the final battle of the book. And finally I added an antique overlay to tone down the brightness of the colors.

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