Friday Face-Off: Year of the “Rat”


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

I thought I’d take this broadly/slightly sideways and look at a cover featuring a mouse–who would probably be offended to be called a rat!  I thought of Tucker Mouse, most famously from A Cricket in Times Square, but my favorite of the series is Tucker’s Countryside.  And it seems appropriate to pick the book with his name in the title!

This cover is fun–it’s an action scene and Tucker is front and center.  Though he’s not looking his best.  He may even look a bit rat-like!

I like that this cover focuses on the three main characters: Tucker Mouse, Harry Cat and Chester Cricket.  It gives a hint of countryside behind them, and even suggests traveling, as I”m pretty sure Harry is carrying their luggage in his mouth.  And who doesn’t love a picture of a mouse hugging a cricket?

It’s a rare case where I like all the covers for a book – but this one is my favorite!  Similar in concept to the previous one, it’s brighter, the countryside and Chester are both easier to see, Harry is so adorably fluffy, and I love the happy expressions on all their faces.

4 thoughts on “Friday Face-Off: Year of the “Rat”

  1. I like the third cover best, too, although I think Tucker mouse looks more like some indistinct furry animal than actually like a rodent. But it is adorable. He looks like a rat in the first one, I think.

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