Few things can build anticipation like a curling wave. Where’s it going? What’s going to happen? Hokusai captured the mood perfectly in his iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa (above). A trio of recent children’s book covers understand this and in doing so give off a distinctive separated-at-birth vibe. Let’s have a look:


Necks out for Adventure! by Timothy Basil Ering.

Number two:


Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure by John Segal.

And to complete the trio:


Missing the Boat by Wayne Chinsang and Justin Shady.

Side by side by side:


Characters atop big waves, the nontraditional lettering – it’s a match folks. Hokusai would be proud.