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Beasts! Reptiles and Amphibians

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As a Friday follow-up to Tuesday’s post on wild beasts, here’s a look at reptiles and amphibians on book covers:

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Alligator by Lisa Moore; design by Bill Douglas (House of Anansi Press / September 2005)

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The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg; design by Ben Wiseman (Crown / May 2014)

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Ashland by Gil Adamson; design by David Gee (ECW / April 2011)

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Bitter Drink by F. G. Haghenbeck; design by David Drummond (Amazon / July 2012)


Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi; design by Helen Yentus (Riverhead / March 2014)

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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; design by Kathryn MacNaughton (Penguin / January 2012)

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City of Snakes by Darren Shan; design by Catherine Casalino ( Grand Central / June 2011)

Cold Blood
Cold Blood by Richard Kerridge; design by James Paul Jones (Chatto & Windus / May 2014)

Crime
Crime by Irvine Welsh; design by Matt Broughton (Vintage / August 2009)


Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov; design by Nathan Burton (Alma Classics / July 2014)

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The Devil’s Horn by Michael Segell; design by Henry Sene Yee (Picador / August 2006)

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue; design by Keith Hayes (Little Brown & C0. / April 2014)

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The Good Angel of Death by Andrey Kurkov; illustration by Pablo Amargo (Vintage / August 2010)

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The Hard Light of Day by Rod Moss; design by Sandy Cull / gogoGingko (University of Queensland Press / October 2011)

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The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant; design by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich (Simon & Schuster / March 2014)

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In the Valley of the Kings by Terrence Holt; design by David High (W. W. Norton / September 2009)

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Life Ascending by Nick Lane; design by Buchanan-Smith LLC (W. W. Norton / June 2009)

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Mad Hope by Heather Birrell; design by Ingrid Paulson (Coach House Books  / April 2012)

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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith; design by Mark Ecob (Abacus / June 2003)

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No Pain Like This Body by Harold Sonny Ladoo; design by Brian Morgan; illustration Jillian Tamaki (Anansi / September 2013)

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Paradise Lost by John Milton;  design by Emily Mahon; illustration by Silja Goetz (Modern Library / November 2008)

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Poking a Dead Frog by Mike Sacks; design by Jim Tierney (Penguin / June 2014)

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert; design by David Mann (Bloomsbury / February 2014)

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The Snake Charmer by Jamie James; design by Paul Buckley (Hyperion / July 2008)


The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones; design by Keith Hayes (Mulholland Books / July 2014)

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Swamplandia by Karen Russell; illustration by Stacey Rozich; art direction James Paul Jones (Vintage / March 2012)

Birds and Bugs are next!

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  1. Another one (from the anniversary of Efraín Huerta) http://www.jorgealderete.com/el-gran-cocodrilo/

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