Same as last year, we’re all having a crack at the 2011 penguin design awards brief which you can see here. This year it’s the children’s classic James and the Giant Peach, and the apparent adult classic One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Almost no one had heard of the adult book, which has made things interesting. Those of us who didn’t attempt to read it, while doing other projects and a dissertation draft, relied mostly on the fountain of knowledge that is Wikipedia and online book reviews. After reading a few, I came to the conclusion that this has to be one of the most messed up books known to man! Really freaky things happen, but no one seems to take the blindest piece of notice. I guess when you live in an isolated island city made of mirrors with only your family to breed with, your friend ascending into the heavens carrying your bed sheets must seem like an everyday occurrence. In order to design for this cover, I had to sift through the brain storm that came from reading on line reviews, and take that as far as I could.

James and the Giant Peach was a whole different packet of fish-cakes. We’d all grown up reading, or having the book read to us, or more likely watching the film that ever so slightly bastardised the actual story. What happened to the Cloud People!? I can’t even remember them from the book, that’s how ingrained the film is in my brain! I have to say it was a struggle trying to pull myself away from images of the movie and back to Roald Dahl’s ‘reality’. There was pretty much only one direction to take this: get a peach, and make it a big one! I can’t help but giggle at those who thought that being ‘unpredictable’ by using an apple or a pear is a good idea. It’s called James and the Giant PEACH, not james and the giant pear. That would be a whole different book entirely! 

Covers to be posted soon =3