Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
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Here's my choice for this week!
Christmas With Mary Engelbreit:
Here Comes Santa Claus
Hardcover, 143 pages
Oxmoor, first edition
August 2, 2002
Christmas Traditions, Nonfiction
My Thoughts About This Cover
This is such a beautiful, whimsical cover! It really captures all the enchantment of this, the most wonderful season of the year!
Of course, Engelbreit is known for her gorgeous art, which, although indeed whimsical, is never "cute" in a cliche sort of way, but instead, delights the viewer with its clean design and brilliant colors.
The Santa Claus on this particular cover has a decidedly Nordic feel, and in fact, is patterned on the Father Christmas image more common in those countries. His ridiculously long, pointed shoes remind me of fairies and elves, and are also a sample of this artist's subtle humor. Santa nevertheless is able to trudge through the snow, his bulging sack laden with goodies, with his trusty staff. Instead of reindeer, he has a faithful little dog at his side.
The frame is very nicely detailed with small flowers, and I love the 'mellow yellow' color against the night-sky blue, which is speckled with stars. I believe the frame has a slight Art Nouveau influence, as well.
The lettering is very nice, too, of course; it's part of Mary Engelbreit's signature style.
This cover is perfect for one to get into the holiday spirit, since Christmas is just around the corner!
Mary Engelbreit Online Links
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