Sunday, March 16, 2008

Paperback 76: I Am Fifteen - And I Don't Want to Die / Christine Arnothy (Popular-Eagle Library EB95)

Paperback 76: Popular-Eagle Books EB95 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: I Am Fifteen - and I Don't Want to Die
Author: Christine Arnothy
Cover artist: Mitchell Hooks


Best things about this cover:

  • It's hard to make fun of a 15-year-old who does not want to die, particularly when the people who might kill her are Nazis.
  • This book was apparently published in order to capitalize on the brief vogue in diaries written by young girls hiding from Nazis.
  • She's pretty chic for a war victim.
  • This cover is slightly boring (not nearly Hooks's best work) but I do love the barbed wire detail around her ankles, and the color of the sky.



Michael5000 said...

Yeah, I had three wisecracks all loaded up and ready to go until I scrolled down to see the barbed wire. 70 years later, and the Nazis are still spoiling the fun.

Michael5000 said...

And by the way, great to see a new cover up!

Anonymous said...

Hmm... she looks decidedly Vogue in her Grace Kellyish overcoat and matching shoes, though the khaki green color is armyish and the shoes smack of grandma. I don't remember Anne Frank striking any poses.