About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.

The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here.

But probably not.

So, with no further ado, here are the top three entries in reverse order (click ’em to embiggen ’em):

vN reimagined by Carol Riggs
vN reimagined by Carol Riggs

Straight in at number 3, a recreation of Madeline Ashby’s vN made with words from the book, rather than discarded household objects, but we still think it’s pretty groovy:

At number 2 we have a recreation of the Joey HiFi cover of Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City, by Ellie Warren!

Zoo Toy City by Ellie Warren
Zoo Toy City by Ellie Warren

And the winner?

Well, somewhat controversially, the winner is also by Carol Riggs! It’s a version of The Prince of Lies (one of the books that started this whole thing!) and it’s a bloody good recreation  using an Etch-A-Sketch! The time and skill it will have taken to create this is impressive! Seriously – click on this one!

Goody-bags are on their way, Carl and Ellie! Congratulations to both of you!

The Prince of Lies - Etch-A-Sketched by Carol Riggs
The Prince of Lies – Etch-A-Sketched by Carol Riggs


  1. Woo! Thanks much for the contest and the awarding–twice. I love the toy one(s) too. In case anyone’s wondering, the Etch-a-Sketch pic took 2.5 hours (some finger cramps by the end). 🙂

  2. ZOMG, these are amazing. I am sad there are no toy sloths in the world. This has to be redressed. Toy companies, are you paying attention? More cool female Lego mini-figs AND sloths. Can’t believe the work that went into this – the etch-a-sketch is insane! Well done all.

  3. Awesome work! That winning entry especially shows amazing dedication – must have taken far longer than my version!

  4. Wow. Very cool! 😀

  5. Oh my god! :O Serious skills!

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