I am looking for a cover design that will attract children's attention.
I would like something similar to Tony Ross/Quentin Blake's illustrations OR alternatively a detailed picture that has a comic edge. It must feature the character Great-Uncle Donald bursting into the space towards us and also the two children, Pepita (11 year-old girl) and Marlowe (8 year-old boy), perhaps all on the run together. The children do not have specific descriptions in the book so you can have some imagination about what they might look like. Great-Uncle Donald, however is described like this:
"Pepita’s mind flashed back to the last time she had seen Great-Uncle Donald, which was at Christmas five years ago. She remembered him to be a skinny, wiry old man with hair in unfortunate places. There was some coming out his ears and some his nose. There was fuzzy-wuzzy hair beaming out the sides of his head from underneath his Christmas party hat, which couldn’t seem to sit straight on top. Even his hands seemed to be a bit hairy. Pepita was only five at the time, but she thought he was one scary looking fellow, especially when he accidentally blew a party horn whistle in her face. Great-Uncle Donald, she thought, was one of those relatives you were glad to see only once every five years."
And in another place:
"He was just as Pepita had remembered him. Wiry. Thin. Hair. But without the Christmas hat. He had an orange jumper on with a few too many holes in it for good manners, and a pair of faded blue shorts. His knobbly, wrinkly knees were in plain sight, and below them he wore woolly grey socks and short desert boots."
So I'd like to see Great Uncle-Donald in his orange jumper, shorts and boots!
There is also a little dog in the story (but if there is no room for him on the cover design, that's ok, he doesn't have to be included). If there is room to put him on, he's described like this: "He was a white and tan Jack Russell terrier, with wiry, curly hair scooting around his cheeks. "
Other elements you may like to include in the artwork as a backdrop (choose what suits your design):
- A ramshackle A-frame house, with cracked white timber slats, with junk all over the front yard
- Sea or beach or a bay in the background
- A scarlet macaw
- A staircase down to a basement full of junk