I Love You Too, I Love You Three The Cover Story

Choosing the cover design

A contender


Things I like in a book cover: I love negative-space, also called white-space (which can be any color but in this case, it’s a shiny clean white). Negative space isn’t wasted space. The functional difference between a shovel and a pitchfork is the metal that’s missing.

That missing metal has a function, as does the missing stuff that can fill up white-space. White-space directs the viewer’s eye and emphasizes the image or type you want them to notice.

Voluminous white-space in a book-cover design means the image and type can’t be missed, and in a sea of children’s books that are a riot of eye-tiring and headache-inducing colors, it is restful and unusual, which makes it stand out from the rest.

The final cover:

That’s it for this story of how the illustrations for I Love You Too, I Love You Three came to be. Hope I’ll be posting again for a new children’s book very soon.

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Hi! I'm Sheila McGraw. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I began my career toiling in the “sequin-mines” of advertising and fashion houses as an illustrator and copywriter. Then, in 1986, Firefly Books approached me to illustrate a little book titled, Love You Forever.

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  1. Unknown on April 15, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    A beautifully written book for children that can easily apply to adults as well. Each page brought a renewed smile to my face. This book is a must-have for any parent with small children, as I guarantee it will make you smile as well. I used a thesis statement maker to create a thesis statement for my essay on this book.

  2. Unknown on December 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I happened to hear CBC today on Bob Munsch and it led me here. I love the playfulness and joy in the art design and now I will have to read the book- I Love You Two. This will be the first children's book I have read(I am well over 65).
    Lovely that the Annick press lady said,when finding Robert's story across the transom, "at last we've found an author who is still a child!"