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Editions of Dogsbody, ranked by cover art from worst to best

Harper Collins, 2000

purple/green colour palette, font-effect title, dog running in the foreground, two shadowy/glowing figures in the background
This cover is still strongly influenced by the 90s, and that text effect is the worst part. The second-worst part is that it looks like a Goosebumps book.

Firebird, 2012
a lab puppy blended into the star-sign Sirius, and a false-colour NASA image
Not good. Looks like self-published photoshop job, or if an artist was paid to produce something with the parameters "astrology puppy," but not paid very much. The puppy's right ear has gone missing. At least they paid for a fancy font?

Random House, 1990
big headed child holding glow object in lap, sight-hound in the night sky
If it weren't for the child in the foreground (Kathleen?) I would rank this higher, but I'm a little perturbed by her cherubic profile.

Harper Collins, 2010
puppy, stars, book-fair-ish
I'm mad at this, and I don't know why. Maybe because it looks so gosh-darn generic. It looks like a children's book about a puppy named Mittens.

A blurry green angel in front of a city, or maybe a spaceship?
Goodreads doesn't know the source of this image, and it is quite low-res, but I include it for its incredible non-specificity. This cover could have been used to illustrate 30% of children's SF in a given year, and possibly was.

Random House, 1990
glowy green person outline, dog in center
Really, Random House? Did you have this artwork lying around from 1970?

Methuen, 1988
german shepherd in the night sky, tongue lolling
Similar subject to the following, rather different effect! Children who picked up this book hoping it was about silly flying dog may have been somewhat upset or disappointed.

Greenwillow Books, 1988
large white dog, somewhat wolflike or wolf-hound-like, in the night sky
Pretty good, pretty 1980s. Did this artist do James Blish's Cities as well? The dog's facial expression is pretty spooky, which I don't know how I feel about. Probably better than the cuteness the dogs acquire in the mid 2000s.

Macmilan, 1975
three stylized red-eared spaniels running across a field
Although this cover tells you almost nothing about what's inside, I like it, and if you updated the title font, I think it wouldn't look too dated today.

Puffin, 1978
a setter in front of village homes, ominous face in the sun looks down
Sorry there's nothing larger, but I quite like this one, one of the earliest. The art isn't too dated, and gives a good idea what you'll find inside.

Greenwillow Books, 2001
art of constellation, and dog against night sky in white and blue
Strong work, looks like the artist read the book, rather than put the keywords into a stock-image search. (I liked this enough I tried to find the artist's name, but couldn't.)

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I love the amount of work you put into this! I think my copy is/was the greenwillow edition, but now have to go look.

I believe it was the 1988, although I just went downstairs and looked and can't find it so it's probably on long term/permanent loan.

That cover you've got listed as 1990 Random House, the one with the glowing green guy, that's definitely the cover that was on my copy which I read as a kid in the 70s.

Honestly that makes a lot of sense! All of the dates were gotten from goodreads, which are community sourced and about as reliable as wikipedia, so.

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