After asking everyone I could think of - artist friends, friends and their kids, and my mom -- turned out that most people who weren't design professionals or artists (and even some of those who are) - actually liked the goose.
Seems there really was no clear preference for *one* version of this design.
I first submitted this version -- then changed my mind half an hour before deadline, and updated it with the "semifinal" version (goose, no moon on back)
- ... then got cold feet and changed it again 15 minutes before deadline, back to this version.
I still suspect that if one actually asked the kids, a lot of them would like the goose.
Still -- they might have accused me of confusing Brothers Grimm with Mother Goose, and we can't have that!
This looks more Puffin like anyhow - their other Grimm Tales covers seem all quite dark and a bit spooky. British understatement and all that. If it had been a German publishing house, I would definitely have gone for the "semifinal" version!
Heck. Who knows.
Done in Adobe Illustrator.