“To shift a few grains of sand is no more a sign of great strength than to see the sun a sign of great sight”

Posted On 28 April 2017

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Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

Beach/Seaside “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!”

This week I’ve gone for a classic.  Five Children and It by E Nesbit.  I haven’t read this book yet (although I did buy a copy last year (or maybe even the year before) so will hopefully get to it soon.  I have seen the film and it is a lovely story.  Check out the covers of which this is only a small selection:

Some very interesting covers here in which ‘It” certainly takes on some curious forms.  I like a few of them, some of them have put me in mind a little of the style of certain Roald Dhal covers but my favourite is:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – Lion

Future themes:

05/05/2017 – Lion “If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off”

12/05/2017 – Phone “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it”

19/05/2017 – Plane “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”

26/05/2017 – Mice “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”

02/06/2017 – Moon “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

09/06/2017 – Mummy “It shuffles through the dry, dusty darkness”

16/06/2017 – Guitar “You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar”

23/06/2017 – Cat “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”

30/06/2017 – Hat “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself “

07/07/2017 – Gold “All that is gold does not glitter”

14/07/2017 – Boats “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat…”

21/07/2017 – Planet “Any planet is ‘Earth’ to those who live on it”


14 Responses to ““To shift a few grains of sand is no more a sign of great strength than to see the sun a sign of great sight””

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Nice choice! The fingers and ears (?) peeking out strongly remind me of the first glimpse we got of Gollum in LOTR…. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, you’re right – I hadn’t thought of that but now you mention it I can totally see it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    Yes, I agree with your choice.

  3. Greg

    I kinda like that second one and the fifth one too, but I think I like the 9th one the best (something about the art style).

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean about the 9th one – I almost picked that one and it’s definitely something about the art style.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I agree with your choice! I almost missed it at first glance, there in the lower right corner. But after seeing it in detail, it is the clear winner.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do like that cover – a tough one to come up with this week I thought. Not many beaches in fantasy fiction.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Danya

    Ooh, clever pick! I like the second last cover the best. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was pleased this one sprang to mind as beaches don’t really crop up very often in fantasy reads.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Lovely choice of book, I read it recently as part of The Classics Club 🙂 I really like the ears peeking out of the sand on the cover you’ve chosen, although I think my favourite cover is the one just left of it. My e-copy has quite a simple, but charming sketched image for its cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like that cover too – it was a touch decision to make. And, I can’t wait to read this one.
      Lynn 😀

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