Vintage chooses winning cover for Secret Garden

Vintage chooses winning cover for Secret Garden

<p>Vintage Classics has chosen a &quot;simple but intriguing&quot; design as the winning artwork for its annual cover design competition for children. Emma Brink-Morrison, aged eight when she entered the competition in the summer, has won for her design for this year&#39;s book,<em> The Secret Garden</em> by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Her design will be on the cover of the new Vintage Classics Edition, to be published on 4th November.</p><p>Brink-Morrison, from Oxford, said: &quot;I love <em>The Secret Garden</em> because the gardens are very big and beautiful and the story seems so true. I would like to be an illustrator when I&#39;m older. When I won I felt surprised but excited and happy too. I read the book first and I loved it.&quot;</p><p>The competition is for entrants between the ages of seven and 12, and is run in conjunction with the Young Times and Random House Children&#39;s Books. Promoted through bookshops, libraries and schools, the panel of five judges, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Katie Clemison, had almost 300 entries to choose from.</p><p>Wilson said: &quot;This was the best design for the cover because it&#39;s simple but intriguing, and it&#39;s certainly a very good robin. Ask anybody who has read <em>The Secret Garden</em> and they will talk about the robin. He shows Mary the way into the secret garden and it&#39;s just a perfect symbol for the whole book.&quot;<br /><br />Clemison said: &quot;It was a joyful moment when all the cover designs were spread out on the table for us to judge . . . it was difficult to choose, but I think our winning cover looks fantastic.&quot;<br /><br />Brink-Morrison receives 10 copies of the book featuring her illustration and &pound;100 worth of Random House Children&#39;s Books of her choice. The two runners-up, Emily Parker, 10, and Amrita Robertson, 11, win &pound;50 worth and &pound;30 worth respectively of books from RH Children&#39;s Books.</p>