Cover Corner: Juliana Kolesova

I’m certain I’m not the only one who completely fell in love with the cover for Plain Kate by Erin Bow. If you want to find out more about this wonderful book (its become one of my favourites) check out my review here.

I personally think it was the rich colours with the contrast of the burnt orange and yellows with the blue that first drew me to this cover. I loved the girl balancing on the roof tiles (very Anne of Green Gables of her) and having read the book I think it perfectly captures Kate’s spirit while hinting at the loneliness of her life as well.

Today, I’m excited to welcome the artist behind the cover, Juliana Kolesova, to Turn the Page. Despite being incredibly busy, with eleven projects on the go (!!!), Juliana kindly took the time out to answer a few questions about her work.

Was the illustration for the cover of Plain Kate especially commissioned, or did the publishers see the piece and ask to use it?

Yes indeed, this cover was specially commissioned. Most of the work I do regarding book cover illustrations are specially commissioned. Mostly I work for book publishers, which means that the illustration has to bring across exactly what is told in the story. Continue reading


Book Review: Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Published: 1st September 2010

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 314

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 9/10


‘Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square. 

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate. 

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.’

So I’ll admit, I bought this book purely because of the cover (isn’t it just lovely) and because its been a while since I read a really good children’s fantasy book that adults could equally enjoy.

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