Tuesday, November 8, 2011

7 - The Woodshed Mystery

First of all, Henry, way to aggressively defend your trophy. It took me a long time to find anything else to talk about on this cover, because my eye kept getting drawn right to that magnificent shirt. Props to Violet, too. For the first time, one of them is pointing at something, and I feel like they might actually be drawing people's attention to something new. Of course, the fact that it's clearly dark down there helps. This is the first appearance of the flashlights, which we'll see a few more times. Even as a little kid, I was fascinated by the flashlights on these covers. The artist chooses for some reason to portray flashlight beams as short, opaque bursts of orange and yellow, making them look not like a beam of light so much as an EXPLOSION. Seriously. Look at it again. Those are clearly some kind of firework. This helps nicely to set up the next book, "The Mystery of Why the Woodshed Burned Down."

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