Greetings From Planet Earth
Greetings From Planet Earth
Greetings From Planet Earth
Greetings From Planet Earth
Greetings From Planet Earth
Greetings From Planet Earth

Greetings From Planet Earth

Scholastic, New York, New York, 2007

Description

The novel Greetings From Planet Earth, which takes place in 1977, is about a boy, Theo, whose father goes missing during the Vietnam War. Theo has a vivid childhood memory of being awakened by his dad in the middle of the night to watch the first man walking on the moon. As he grows up without his father, Theo develops an interest in the study of the moon.

Graphic illustrator Istvan Banyai did a front cover image that shows Theo as the man walking on the moon; on the back, there is a hovering helicopter in Vietnam. The two images contrast each other in both topic and color. Banyai combined retro and contemporary art styles to make the cover images compelling.

Author Barbara Kerley named each of the section openers in the book for seas on the moon. Using this element, Banyai illustrated each opener as a spread showing the moon, with a close-up map of the sea named. Other graphic elements, such as lunar-textured endpapers, the trim, fonts and front-matter design were chosen to complement the book’s subject and Banyai’s style.

Juror Notes

Friendly, approachable text for preteens.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2007
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Scholastic
Creative director
David Saylor
Art director
Marijka Kostiw
Designer
Marijka Kostiw
Jacket designer
Marijka Kostiw
Illustrator
Istvan Banyai
Production director
Jaime Capifali
Author
Barbara Kerley
Editor
Tracy Mack
Trim size
5.25 x 8.5 inches
Pages
256
Quantity printed
6,500
Compositor
NK Graphics
Typefaces
Bancroft Book Italic, BaseTwelveSans, Futura Book, Futura-Book Oblique
Printer
RR Donnelley
Jacket printer
RR Donnelley
Paper
Finch, vanilla, opaque, 70 lb., smooth
Binder
RR Donnelley
Binding
Hardcover adhesive
Publisher
Scholastic Press
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