For my design, I focused on Sammy the dog as I was drawn to the bond between him and Willie. Sammy brings warmth and safety to Willie and he symbolises the unconditional love and security of his new life in the countryside with Mister Tom. I wanted Sammy to leap across the cover and stand out against the colours of the night sky, as it is him who ultimately rescues Willie.
The bright orange train track depicts Willie’s journey, following round the whole cover. It represents Willie’s escape from his harrowing trauma of his life set in wartime London and to the safety of the countryside with Mister Tom and Sammy.