Thomas remembered my anger about it, and when he saw an updated Anne of Green Gables cover on Pinterest, he sent it to me immediately to see if it was more to my liking. It is. I think it captures the spirit of Anne.
Some fun information about this Anne of Green Gables cover: it was illustrated by Claire Keane.
Claire Keane's name might sound familiar to you. Her grandfather was Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and her father is Glen Keane, who has worked with Disney on little films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled.
Bil Keane held a special place in my family's heart because he lived in Arizona, and often featured The Sugar Bowl (which has the best ice cream in Scottsdale) in his comics - it was like having a small piece of home in their newspaper after they moved to Florida.
I remember my grandfather cutting out The Family Circus comics when I was little, and hanging them on the refrigerator. Occasionally he would take a pen to them, changing the name of the comic child to whichever grandchild best matched the scene, or adding a small commentary.
With Claire's father working on my favorite Disney movies (hello, Beauty and the Beast!), and her grandfather creating a comic that was special to my whole family, it is no surprise to me that I would be drawn to the art she is creating.
What do you think? Is this cover art an update that retains the spirit of Anne?