Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Every week you pick a book based on the theme of the week and post the original cover, your country’s cover, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. If you would like to participate or find out more, check out the Goodreads page!
This week’s theme is Mental Health Matters. A book that deals with mental health is Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, a historical fiction middle grade novel. While there is quite a focus on Al Capone by the characters, the real focus is on Moose Flanagan and his sister Natalie. Natalie has a severe form of autism, but autism was not diagnosed often in the 1930s from what I read in the book. Moose is forced to watch Natalie. This relationship and growing bond helps Natalie be calmer and communicate verbally more than she ever has.
This is the original cover, which happens to be from the U.S. The cover is okay. I like that it references the title and the setting.
Another U.S. Cover
I read the ebook, and it had this cover.
I like both covers. The German cover (on the left) places the focus on Moose and Natalie. It is well-designed. The U.S. cover is graphic and it works with the title.
Least Favorite Covers
On the left is the French cover and on the right is a UK cover. The French cover isn’t relevant to the content, except that there is an island. The UK cover is cute and might attract young readers, but I do not like the illustration. The color scheme is the most annoying part of the design. I don’t remember a prisoner wearing the number 85 in the book, but My Al Capone Museum that was Al Capone’s number was 85. It goes along with the clickbait title, but Capone makes only one appearance.
What books have you read that deal with mental health? Have you read Al Capone Does My Shirts or any of the other books in the series? If you have, what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!