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Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Blind Side

This book has been getting a whole bunch of attention, but I haven't seen any commentary on the jacket yet.

There are many things that are right about this cover. The handlettering? Good idea, especially in conjunction with the play diagram. And it invokes the idea of coaching, which is important here because there are several people involved in the life of the subject of the book, a formerly homeless teen who is now a top pro football prospect.

But there are a few things that jump out at me as not quite ideal. White on black might be appropriate if coaches still used chalkboards; something tells me black on white would be more accurate with respect to the whiteboards and markers coaches now use. And the title is simply lost. Since the subject of the book, Michael Oher, plays left tackle, what about putting the title there? That is the blind side, after all.

3 comments:

andrea said...

Well, if he did a mostly white cover, it would be too much like his last book, Moneyball. I actually like this one. There have been a lot of black covers this year, but this one is more fun to look at than the Philip Roth or the Cormac McCarthy book. Very impressive, though, with all your details. Smarty pants! :)

Joseph said...

I prefer to be called "cheeky monkey." ;-)

Orhan Kahn said...

Very simple, though informative. As if it were a visual narrative.