Designing the cover for ‘My Dead Bunny’


One of my favourite parts of illustrating a book is helping to design the cover – you get to sum up the whole story in one image.

Here’s how the cover for My Dead Bunny came about.

The first step was brainstorming. Here’s a bunch of little sketches (called ‘thumbnails’). I sent these to the team at Walker Books, and they picked their favourite 5.


I sketched up the 5 ideas in a little more detail and added some quick colour. MDB-cover-designs-1-5

Walker wasn’t sold on any of the 5, but wondered if a combination of version 3 and 4 might work. So I combined those two to make version 6:


… which became our final version. I was really happy with how this one turned out.


MDB_cover-400pxBuy ‘My Dead Bunny’ now

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at

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