Kibushi at first turned down the offer to illustrate the new covers. He told Scholastic, "When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn't want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn't, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction." He also said that he wanted the new covers to look as though they could stand the test of time.
If you want to read more about the new cover art, click out Scholastic's On Our Minds blog.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of the new cover art? Be on the lookout for more cover reveals as the year progresses!