Often the cover of a book is the first thing that catches our eye and a big reason for buying that book. Rob and Kate have both chosen really striking covers that show a fantastic eye for design. Rob’s choice is Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, cover design by Punch Design, and Kate has picked The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan.

Rob: When I first saw this, it ticked all the boxes for me. Clever, different and rather provocative, this cover does everything it should do: it gets people talking and sells a lot of copies along the way.

Kate: Carol Ann Duffy’s modern children’s stories are beautiful, delicate, wonderful and strange and I think this collaboration with Rob Ryan in The Gift is a perfect combination. His paper cut style works so well to compliment Duffy’s words, and it’s something kids can also have a go at themselves.

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