The Series Saga Continues
at Baja-Greenawalt's Cozy Book Nook!
The last time I joined Bargain Book Bonanza (See A Series of Bargains), I shared a vlog in which I showed off several series which I started after finding used or marked-down copies of their respective first books. Now I wonder whether featuring them all in one go was such a good idea.
I mean, a savvier blogger would have pulled several vlogs out of that--one for each series. =P
But never mind that now. Let me bring back some books you have already seen because I found another one to add to their number. Two weeks ago, I had only four; today, I have five!
One of these books just doesn't belong!
Can you tell which book is not like the other
By the time I finish this "song"?
There are at least two ways to answer that question. Let's start with the most obvious one . . .
I suppose the first thing most people would notice are the cover designs. Here is the same book done in all three styles.
Encyclopedia Brown No. 10
The edition on the left has illustrations by Eric Velasquez, whose style you might remember from the You Be the Jury books--the 1990s' answer to Donald J. Sobol's classic series. Note, however, that while You Be the Jury is a Scholastics line, the Velasquez-illustrated Encyclopedia Brown books were published by Bantam. That's significant because Scholastic has its own Encyclopedia Brown covers done by another artist. (Dizzy yet? LOL!)
In the middle is one of the Yearling covers, which are (unless I'm mistaken) the first to use child models. They started coming out in 2002 and must have been a refreshing change. (Another note: the first boy to represent our Boy Detective was not this model--whose name I can't find--but the former child actor Scott Bremner, who was cast as "E.B. Brown" in the D.J. MacHale TV series. Oh, the useless things you learn from me . . .)
It didn't take long for a fourth publisher (because we're counting good old Scholastic) to try for a slice of the pie. Puffin hired illustrator James Bernardin to do the covers. These are the latest designs, and therefore the least retro.
(The funniest part is that all these editions still contain the original illustrations from when Encyclopedia Brown first came out in the 1960s, all books published by Thomas Nelson. ROFL!)
And now that I've said all that, you're probably guessing that the book which is not like the other books is the one in the middle, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles, if only because it is the only one without a companion from its own "generation."
On the other hand, if you kept your head and remembered that this is a Bargain Book Bonanza post, you'd know that that isn't the right answer.
See the four books with price labels on the front of the covers? I got those from the used bookstore. The only title I bought new has its tag on the back.
Which makes the answer to my sung question the book in the bottom left of the picture:
Thanks for playing! =D
Image Sources: a) Encyclopedia Brown No. 10 cover illustration by Eric Velasquez, b) Encyclopedia Brown No. 10 cover photo by Michael Frost, c) Encyclopedia Brown No. 10 cover illustration by James Bernardin