Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shelf Candy Saturday (4)

As soon as you finish this post, run (don't walk) to  Five Alarm Book Reviews and become part of this fun meme to showcase awesome covers and recognize amazing artists!

This week I'd like to showcase the incredible covers of Gregory Maguire's equally amazing novels. If you've ever picked up a Maguire novel, then you know that the cover features a peek of an exquisitely detailed picture inside.

The cover art is created by the amazingly talented Douglas Smith. Smith's (abbreviated) biography from his agent, Richard Solomon's, website:

Born in New York City, Douglas Smith began drawing early. To Douglas, the most appealing aspect of making art was storytelling, and with this in mind, he chose to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning his BFA in Illustration in 1974, also studying sculpture, painting, and printmaking.

Smith has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Art Institute of Boston, Parsons, New England School of Art, and Maine College of Art.

Smith realized a long-held dream when he moved from the Boston area to Peaks Island, off the coast of Maine, in 2004. Now, aside from his illustration work, he also participates in the vibrant island arts community, becoming a member of the cooperative art gallery, displaying ‘found object’ sculpture, as well as drawings and paintings in various media.

He lives a short walk from the ocean, in a house full of art, odd stuff, and three cats.

Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked YearsSon of a Witch (Wicked Years)Confessions Of An Ugly StepsisterWicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of th (Wicked Years)Mirror Mirror by Gregory MaguireA Lion Among Men (Volume Three in the Wicked Years)Lost

Interior illustrations (couldn't find them all, but they're all great!):

Lost interior

Mirror, Mirror interior
Wicked interior

A Lion Among Men interior

The detail and imagery Adams uses in his works are astounding and a perfect match for Maguires' novels. Every time I look at them, I see something new!

That's it for this weeks' Shelf Candy Saturday. I would love to hear what you think!

Keep reading,


  1. These illustrations were one of the many reasons that I have Gregory Maguires' works on my self. They're so well done that once you have his images in your head inspired by the words Maguire wrote it's sooo hard not to want to leave those worlds!

  2. On my copy of Lost, it's Scrooge's face in the window. Can't wait for Out of Oz!

  3. Wow, that artist does have talent. Looks cartoonish but real at the same time.

    Nice Shelf Candy!

    Shelf Candy (4):

  4. Wow, those are awesome! I haven't read any of this authors books, I have many of them though.

  5. OMG! I didn't think of these. How could I not. The artwork is amazing and it is true illustration. I love them all, but Wicked will always be my favorite.

  6. I'm so glad to see that you guys love these books as much as I do!! Thanks for stopping by!




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