Paul Bartlett, The winner of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Re-Covered Books contest

Paul Bartlett's Wizard Of Oz Entry

With each subsequent Re-Covered Books contest, I feel like the entries keep getting better and better. With The Wonderful Wizard of Oz contest, we had a batch of entries that felt really fresh and contemporary, which made for a tough decision on my part. After some consideration though, I decided that Paul Bartlett was the winner of the contest.

More than any other entries, I thought his cover captured the wonder of the book as well as the cultural idea we have about Wizard of Oz. When I opened his entry, I kind of gasped as I was amazed he was able to sync these images up so perfectly. It’s also important to note that the image of the cat eyes, paired with the young girls slightly opened mouth is a perfect combination. The effect is that she’s a wide-eyed young girl who’s experiencing a fantastic new world.

Paul Bartlett's Wizard Of Oz Entry

I’m also glad that he took the time to pay attention to the piece’s typography. A lot of the entries I received faltered because the type wasn’t considered or wasn’t quite up to snuff. Paul was really smart about making the text fit into the spaces between his images. I also like that he dropped in the serif, italic font for ‘the’ and of’, giving more space to the words that really mattered. The quote on the back from L. Frank Baum, which I can’t really read, is a nice touch, as is his signature.

Great work, Paul. I think you killed it.

Paul Bartlett's Wizard Of Oz Entry

Some of you asked for me to review some of the runner-up entries, so I’ll be posting about that tomorrow. There were a lot of really great entries that I think should certainly be noted.

12 Comments Paul Bartlett, The winner of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Re-Covered Books contest

  1. Drew February 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I have to agree, this was hands down my favorite.

  2. Melissa February 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    What a fantastic entry! I’m just in awe at the talent that’s out there. It’s nothing short of high-art that’s achieved here with the attention to detail, integration of the story told with the design and the creativity involved to keep it all cohesive.

  3. Mari February 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Yesss, I love it! I totally agree on the combination of the cat eyes and the girl’s mouth but also: the way the title is done makes me sing it like a little jingle. Or a line from a limerick maybe. (And that is a compliment.)

  4. KmBennett February 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I must admit I have not seen the other entries. But this is wonderful! The cover would so make me buy the book.

  5. yachris February 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    That is really impressive! The face is great, and they made a superb choice of color, too.

  6. Christopher Swift February 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    A ton of great work from everyone – well done Paul, the minute I saw that entry I was hooked, strong, emotional, and simply executed.

  7. Chris February 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Emerald City.

  8. Alicia Farmer February 16, 2012 at 5:42 AM


  9. Bill Peschel February 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Note he also lined up the type along the photos’ seams, tying the room cover together nicely.

    I have a huge 100+ RSS feed, so I skim pretty fast, but seeing this one on Superchunk stopped me in my tracks. Well done!

  10. Brigham February 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    The back quote is:

    “Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.”

    “Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are elimi-nated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder ta-les and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.”

    “Having this thought in mind, the story of “the Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.”

  11. Scott S February 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    This design just blows me away. So well done. Also reminds me why this blog is one of my must reads every day. Congrats to the winner…

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