A Kid’s Perspective: Judging a Book By Its Cover (38)

June 7, 2013 Book Covers, Cover Art, Designs by Shawn, Judging a Book by its Cover, Liesl Shurtliff, Middle Grade, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin 31

Inspired by an article on Babble called, Judging a Book by Its Cover: A 6-year-old Guesses What Classic Novels Are All About, I have asked my 6 year old what his thoughts are on a few Young Adult covers lying around the house. To take it a step further, I also had him make some cover art!

Rump is about a boy and girl who go to this castle with somebody working at the top of the castle named (points to cover) Rumpelstiltskin, and he was making clothes. The two people came in the castle and asked if they could play with him. He said no so they went home. Oh and the boy and girl came from school.”

Cover Art:

I don’t read a lot of MG novels but this looks cute! Shawn will be heading to 2nd grade in the fall so I was thinking of maybe starting to check a few out once in awhile. They say age 8 for MG, dos anyone know if an almost 7 year old would be okay? Maybe we could read this together over the summer. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed Shawn’s thoughts and artwork this week! Since a couple other blogs have expressed interest in doing something similar, I have decided to add a linky tool, so that you can also check out what they are doing as well! I hope you will give them a look see!

Don’t forget to let us know what you think! πŸ™‚

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

31 Responses to “A Kid’s Perspective: Judging a Book By Its Cover (38)”

  1. Becca

    This book sounds adorable! I love re-tellings. I haven’t read a lot of MG except for when I was younger, but if it says for age 8, I’d make a very uneducated guess and say an almost-7-yr-old could probably read it. Shawn sounds smart enough to defy that reading age stipulation too πŸ™‚

  2. Tanja - Tanychy

    LOL I love Shawn’s idea! I haven’t seen this book before but then again I’m not really fan of re-tellings. Still I hope that two of you will enjoy this book soon πŸ™‚

  3. Jasprit

    Aww Shawn’s interpretation is once again so adorable, I like how he went on further to explain what the children were doing there in the first place

  4. starryeyedjen

    I have a whole cubby of MG books waiting on Katie to be old enough for. I might just start reading them to her myself. πŸ™‚ I love the idea of this book, and Shawn’s interpretation of the cover is adorable, as usual. We’ve been sick this week, so no artwork from us today. πŸ™

  5. Nicole Hewitt

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I will definitely have my kids do this and link up! My son started reading some middle grade novels in second grade. My daughter didn’t feel ready for them until this year (third grade). I think it’s a great idea to read along with your kids (and it’s fun when they’re old enough to enjoy books that you really enjoy too!). That way you can talk to him about it and you’ll be able to determine whether or not he’s understanding the book. I do this all the time with my kids!

    I know you know about Feed Your Fiction Addiction, but I have another blog called Best Kids’ Reads that features the books that I read with my kids. You should definitely check it out!

  6. Aman

    Aww, I love these posts, they are so adorable. Especially the whole explanation behind the cover πŸ™‚

  7. BookCupid

    My soon to be 7 year old started the MG novels by Sara Mlynowski. I read a chapter a night, a she loves it. Why not start?

  8. Lauren Elizabeth

    Another beautiful drawing and hilariously adorable description. I love that Shawn felt the need to clarify they were coming from school. πŸ™‚ Hope you both enjoy reading this together!

  9. Candace

    MG books are all over the place with the ages. USUALLY when they say 8 and up they are fine for a 7 year old. My daughter is 8 now but I’ve been reading MG for over a year to her. I have found that when I read aloud I sometimes know when there’s something I’d rather skim over cause I’m not sure if she’ll understand or it’s too scary or something but now she reads so many on her own that I can’t really ‘control’ what she’s reading. But I do know that I check the ages on them and if they are 8 and up I don’t really stress it. Because she’s easily scared I often tell her if I think a book might be too scary for her, but that’s about it. Once you start reading with him you’ll find that you can usually predict just by the description.
    And on to the actual post… I love this one! Yep, definitely Rumpelstiltskin sewing up some clothes!

  10. Bee

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Your son is a great drawer! πŸ™‚


  11. Lindy Gomez

    Wow, the kiddo really did a great job with this replica of the book cover! I love this idea! It sounds like so much fun! Plus, your teaching your child critical thinking skills when they are learning to interpret, and guess what the story is about.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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