'Spiderwick Chronicles': First look at 10th anniversary covers -- EXCLUSIVE

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EW: Did you know right away the design approach, or was it a bit of process to get there?

TD: With the folks at Simon & Schuster, I explored several design options including a minimalistic graphic approach and a version featuring just the fantastic creatures; however, both takes seemed limited. They either did not capture the scope of the story or the classic fairy tale “vibe”, which had served as inspiration. I searched outside of the book world for design ideas. I checked out the latest comic books, video games and movies — all aimed at our reading audience of 6-10 years old. When I saw the collage-styled imagery that adorned family genre DVDs, I knew I was onto something. After all, the size of a DVD case is about the same as the books.

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