I designed this with the author in mind. In his brief he explained he wanted illustrations, but also by looking at the example images provided he clearly wants something playful, but serious. So my solution to that was designing with playful images, but ensuring they are laid out in a modern, stylish way.
The faded orange strips sit nicely while the title and author's name is placed on top. I added the fade on the edges so it gives a much softer, playful look than just two blocks of colour with text over them.