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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:

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Necks out for Adventure! by Timothy Basil Ering.

Number two:

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Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure by John Segal.

And to complete the trio:

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Missing the Boat by Wayne Chinsang and Justin Shady.

Side by side by side:

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