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Judging a book by its cover

Children’s books that caught our eye

17judgingbookscover - "The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger" - Timothy Basil Ering. (Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe)Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe

This is the first installation of a new online column showcasing books that have eye-catching covers. Let’s give in and just judge a book by its cover, even though we’ve been admonished to never, ever do that.

These children’s books caught our eye:

Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe

1. “The ALMOST Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger”

Written and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, Candlewick Press, 48 pp., $16.99

Who and what is Hamilton Squidlegger? Is he some pink frog-like bandit, waiting to happily duel a lone flower? This spirited cover dares the reader to find out, and join Hamilton on his whimsically illustrated adventures before dusk. Perfect for a bedtime read, Ering’s lovable tale reminds children that sometimes, it’s okay to be afraid.


Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe

2. “Imaginary FRED”

By Eoin Colfter, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, HarperCollins, 48 pp., $18.99

Embossed gold scrawl and translucent friends beneath a pillowy cloud lend this cover to ethereal fantasy. The daydream blue supplies a soothing background to minimal ink illustrations, as Colfter invites the reader to consider their thoughts a reality in themselves.

Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe

3. “W Is for Webster: Noah Webster and His American Dictionary”

By Tracey Fern, Illustrated by Boris Kulikov, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 40 pp., $17.99

New England author Fern knows how near and dear Noah Webster is to the east coast heart. Book-ception takes full flight with Kulikov’s artsy cover. Noah Webster’s dictionary unfolds into a three-dimensional W, making dictionaries seem a whole lot more intriguing to a child than they might have been.

Mallory Abreu can be reached at mallory.abreu@globe.com.