Cover Battle: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

I think the last time I did one of these was back in the spring, and I’m sure I called it something different. Ahem– while writing my review for The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp I found out that there are quite a few different covers available, three totally different ones in North America alone! Check it out:

Alfred Kropp (hc)
This one is for the hardcover edition, which is what I read. It’s a very spy-meets-sword kind of thing, high tech yet referencing the past.

Alfred Kropp (pb)
This is for the paperback version. Kinda simple, but very cool. (It seems very British to me, for some reason?) I especially love the juxtaposition of the heavy sword with the obviously modern kid.

Alfred Kropp (mmpb)
Very high tech and spy-ish here, for the mass market paperback edition. I actually kind of hate it– it doesn’t represent at all the elegant parts of the book and makes it seem like it’s full of explosions and…flying cars? But I can see how it’d appeal to fans of the YA spy genre.

I think if I was giving Alfred Kropp to a kid I’d pick the second cover for sure. It seems more friendly and fun. The first cover would be good for an adult’s present, and the third for…maybe a very young kid? Though I’m not sure I’d want a very young kid to read about people’s heads being chopped off. Hm.

What do you think? What’s your favorite cover?

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3 thoughts on “Cover Battle: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp”

  1. I love looking up and comparing different covers for the same book!

    Not having read this book, I’d say the hardcover is my favourite. That’s the one that most intrigues me and would make me want to read the book. The third one looks like the publisher is trying really hard to appeal to young boys (boys of any age?) who want to read something lots of action.

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