Every night before I go to bed, I read the news from the day. I tend to get a lot of writing ideas there, but something strange happened last night. I got a BLOGGING idea.
I was reading a post on Huffington Post called “Judging A Book By Its Cover: A 6-Year-Old Guesses What Classic Novels Are All About” and I thought – this would be great to do with YA novels! Now, I didn’t have a 6 year old handy so I had to use the 8 year old I did have laying around (we’ll call her 8 from here on out), 8 happened to be quite bored from being in a cast for the past week and a half so she was all excited at the prospect of a new game and anything that gave her a break from extensive friendship bracelet making.
I grabbed a handful of novels off my shelf, making sure to grab enough covers that were not all the same looking or feeling, pulled up a chair and got comfy. Then I asked her to tell me, in as much detail as possible what she though the story inside of it was about. You are seeing the exact cover she saw and I have to say I’m impressed because she got close on a few. Though on other (Like Wither) she was WAY WAY off in left field spinning around in circles.
With out further ado….I give you “8 Judges a Book by it’s Cover” (and please note, I was typing this out as she spoke…welcome to the brain of an 8 year old.)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready -
There’s a darker kind of person that, like walks into the dark side or something. I think it’s a scary book. This person she can turn into a ghost and haunt people, but she can turn back into a human when she leaves the dark side. Don’t forget to VOTE for ZACHARY in the YA Crush Tourney! Get Info.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
A teenager who gets 13 little blue envelopes from someone from another country that she doesn’t know. They are good letters, like from a secret admirer. and she finds out at the end who it is.
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
It’s about a summer and a girl. And she just wants to have fun she doesn’t want to do anything like math or reading, she just doesn’t care. About anything. She gets yelled at by a teacher when school starts for not doing her summer work so then she starts doing it.
(turns book on it’s side again and again to see all the lines and boxes and examines closely) This is about a girl who likes science and does a bunch of science but she’s really shy and doesn’t have any friends, well he has one friend but she’s still so lonely. But one of her experiments turns wrong and she turns into something like a vampire, and kills her only friend and then she really is lonely.
(I knew this cover would be good for 8, she collects snow globes – also I never noticed the cruise ship on the cover before..so while I typed this I thought she was just really creative! LOL) This is about someone who goes on a cruise and they don’t’ know where they are going so what happens in the book is their ship is haunted. So they try to find out what’s going on with the haunting but one of the kids gets killed.
a Witch who haunts a big castle and then a family with out a mom moves into the house with out knowing the witch is still there. Then the witch puts spells on them so that he can still live there and live with the family. And he has one evil eye and one not evil eye, so he’s like, half and half.
Obviously it’s about the prom where she’s like getting ready for the prom but she’s trying to get a date at the same time, doing too much at one time. She’s shy because this prom is girls choice. And she cuts up her dress to make it strapless.
A girl who moves to Hollywood for school and and she still needs work and the only work that she can find a carwash. She’s rich and she has to work at the car wash and she’s upset because she doesn’t want to get messy, like her hair and her nails because every morning she would get a new hair do or a manicure.
What do you think of 8’s book cover judging, I’m hoping a few of the authors listed here will pop in, and weigh in on her guesses. I’m hoping to do this every few weeks with her, and next time I’ll wait until she’s more awake and had some sugar…she’ a riot when she’s hyper!