Creating children’s book covers has got to be a difficult job. Certainly a difficult job to do well. That split second where a kid eyes a book is so often a make or break moment. In person, those associated with the creation of cover art probably make good first impressions. Other people’s moms likely love them.

While I sometimes feel a particular cover doesn’t help a book, I’m usually at a loss to offer any way to improve the situation. Illustrator M.S. Corley is much more bold. He has taken the Harry Potter covers, given them a retro, “classic Penguin” treatment, and posted the results for all to see. Fun to look at – how do you think they’d fare among young readers?

(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link. Click the image below to view the article)