bonnieshao09 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Playful cover for a fiction novel about kids' adventures in Shanghai
Check out bonnieshao09's Book cover contest…
The Xia Stories: The Summer of Someday Dreams
Bonnie Shao moved from Shanghai, China, when she was two. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and drawing. Bonnie lives in Massachusetts with her family and fish.
Twelve-year-old Xu Haiqing hasn’t been able to rest her conscience since her laoye died, taking with him her one way of escaping her parents’ strangling expectations: Chinese calligraphy. And now, with her best friend, Xia Luolan, all the way across the sea and her parents’ standards weighing heavier than ever, Haiqing has no idea how to go on. That is, until she meets Ruan Fei, a shy musician too scared to share her music with the world, and Zhang Dongqiang, a train wreck of a classmate with fierce loyalty to his friends. If they can get each other’s help, some unexpected assistants, and the scales tipped severely in their favor, the three unlikely friends may be able to each gain what they’ve always wanted--or fail, and have all of their dreams come crashing down around them.
Elementary/middle schoolers of all genders and locations, anywhere from third grade to eighth grade.
Book cover type
I am looking for a simple, playful cover with solid colors and cartoon-like elements that would appeal to middle-grade readers. The cover should go with that of the first book in The Xia Stories series (which I have attached), so that the two books are recognizably part of the same series. Please pay attention to the style of cartoon used; don't use a style too different from that of the first cover. The cover will be 6x9. Some things to include: my main character, Xu Haiqing (girl, short, with black hair worn in a high ponytail and brown eyes--no bangs, white tracksuit jacket with dark green sleeves--unzipped, big green t-shirt underneath, dark green pants or black shorts), and her city, Shanghai (see the images I attached). Other element suggestions (all optional): Some other elements may include (but are definitely not limited to!) Haiqing's friends, Ruan Fei (girl, olive skin, messy, curly dark brown hair in a high ponytail, long nose, dark brown eyes, tall and thin, white tracksuit jacket with dark green sleeves, dark green pants) Zhang Dongqiang (boy, olive skin, short, messy short black hair, long nose, dark brown eyes, white tracksuit jacket with dark green sleeves, dark green pants), and Xia Luolan (girl, brown eyes, straight black hair in a low ponytail, bangs), and Chinese calligraphy materials. (See images I have attached.)
What to avoid
Please avoid overly realistic designs; the style should be more cartoon-like.
It all began with a design brief.
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Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
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