Friday Face-Off: Chinese New Year
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“Year of the Rat”
~ Chinese New Year
Happy Lunar New Year! January 25, 2020 officially kicks off the Year of the Rat, which is especially important to me, because the Rat is my year 🙂 For a lot of Chinese families, this is probably THE most significant and biggest holiday of the year, and growing up, mine has always celebrated with lots of fireworks, catching up with friends and relatives, feasts and lots of color and brightness–in other words, not typically the things you’d find on book covers in the western publishing world featuring rats, which aren’t really the darlings of the animal world, I’m afraid. So today, in honor of Chinese New Year, I’ve decided to feature a book with covers that are inspired by Chinese culture instead.
And so, I give you The Poppy War, which is an incredible book, and I’m also glad to see it has some beautiful covers:
From left to right:
Harper Voyager (2018) – Bulgarian Edition (2019) – Indonesian Edition (2019)
German Edition (2020) – Polish Edition A (2020) – Polish Edition B (2020)
So many great choices, but I think I gotta go with the Indonesian edition this week. So gorgeous, with the poppies in the foreground and the phoenix in the back.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?