First, a little bit of terminology. The outside of a hardcover book is called the case. Often, the case is either a plain unembellished color or, as with picture books, the case will be printed with the exact same image as the one on the dust jacket, or jacket for short.
Second – and here’s where things get fun – the case doesn’t have to match the jacket. Dun-dun-dunnnnn! The artwork on the case might be an elaborate new picture, or it might be simple and subtle. There is even one book that I know of that has texture on the case (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild). I highly recommend you always take a little peek under that jacket because you never know what you might find.
Here are some books on our shelves that look good dressed or undressed, and they are…
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