Friday Face-Off: Brown

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:

~ a cover that is BROWN

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Today’s theme was challenging. Finding covers that are brown wasn’t as much the problem as finding ones that were actually interesting and not so dull and drab. But I think I found a good choice in The Dead House, a YA horror written in the epistolary style and presented as a beautiful visual collection of materials that included diary entries, interview transcripts, news articles, emails, descriptions of video footage, etc. I thought the covers available were pretty cool too:

From left to right:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2015) – Orion Children’s Books (2015) – French Edition (2020)


Dawn Kurtagich’s books tend to have very different covers between the US and UK editions (and sometimes even different titles) and The Dead House is no exception. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that a new French edition had come out recently, and it’s quite nice too. But at the end of the day, my favorite is probably the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition. It’s eerie and atmospheric, and I love the imagery of the veinous looking tree branches behind the girl or whatever they are.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Brown”

  1. I’m with you – I love that face staring back at me, though the burning heart was a close second. And I HATE the French cover – that slice of a different perspective plonked in the middle of the cover really threw me. Great choice for this week:)


  2. I like the same one as you and that French one does nothing for me. I remember this book being super weird, but in a good way, when I read it.


  3. I love your choice, and this is a great pick for the theme. I was having trouble thinking of one book so I did the collage thing, but I’m surprised seeing everyone’s posts how many brown covers are out there!


  4. Never heard of this one but those covers are all intriguing. I’m kind of drawn to the one with the flaming heart just because it’s so eye-catching. Hope you enjoy your weekend!


  5. I confess that brown seems like an odd choice for this theme but that’s just because I find it dull LOL. I agree with your choice Mogsy!


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