Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Cricket On The Hearth

"To find a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing of all."

Earlier this year I began cover designs for a planned holiday release of Charles Dickens' "The Cricket on The Hearth". The cover illustration I was contracted to create paid homage to an earlier publication of the same novella. A simple line drawing of a 19th century fireplace and hearth, a perking kettle jumping in the flames and a lone cricket sitting on the hearth. In the story the cricket is a sort of barometer of life at the home of John Peerybingle, his younger wife Dot and their new baby. When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow. Can this cricket help restore the family's faith in each other? Available now exclusively through Barnes & Noble stores and online. You may want to get a copy soon if you are interested as the last holiday book I worked on with Barnes & Noble, "A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories", sold out.

1 comment:

Douglas Klauba said...

I'm going to have to run out and grab this, Nate. Always amazing work from you.